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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Drug-Using Doctor Held

A doctor suspected of operating while under the influence of heroin and marijuana at the same time has been detained on bribery charges, investigators said Friday.

Alexei Yemelyanov, the chief surgeon of Proletarskaya District Hospital No. 1 in the Novgorod region, is suspected of writing 35 false letters excusing people from work in exchange for bribes between May and August, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The statement also said Yemelyanov was suspected of abusing heroin and marijuana simultaneously and still carrying out his responsibilities as a surgeon. It did not say whether other criminal charges were pending.