Yevgeny Roizman

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Yevgeny Roizman
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Yevgeny Vadimovich Roizman

(1962-09-14) 14 September 1962 (age 56)
ResidenceYekaterinburg, Russia
Alma materUral State University
Known forFounder of "City without Drugs" Fund.
Mayor of Yekaterinburg
Political partyA Just Russia
Right Cause (Pravoye Delo)
(June–September 2011)
Civic Platform (2012-2015)

Yevgeny Vadimovich Roizman (Russian: Евге́ний Вади́мович Ро́йзман; born 14 September 1962) is a Russian politician. He served as Mayor of Yekaterinburg[1] from 2013 to 2018. He campaigned against corrupt police, illegal drug sellers and for drug rehab centers.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Sverdlovsk to a Jewish father and Russian mother. His father was a schoolteacher of Russian Language and Literature. His mother was an artist. Roizman claims to have left home at age 14, to have traveled across the country and later to have started work at Uralmash as a welder. He graduated from Ural State University as a historian/archivist. He was sentenced to a two-year prison term in 1981 on charges of theft and fraud.[2]


Roizman is the founder of Museum of Nevyansk Icon at Sverdlovsk region.[3] This is the first private museum to collect icon-paintings. It is located in the city of Yekaterinburg. This museum has over 600 exhibits, including icons, gospel covers, crosses, books and wooden sculptures. The earliest icon is The Egyptian Mother of God (1734), the latest is Christ Pantocrator (1919). Roizman worked in finding, searching and restoration of the icons.

In 1999, Roizman cofounded the City Without Drugs program. He operates a drug rehab center in Yekaterinburg. He was accused by city officials of kidnapping drug-addicts[1] and imprisoning patients and using violence as part of therapy.[4][5] He was accused during the Yekaterinenburg 2013 mayoral race of entertaining strong ties with local mafia bosses,[6] including members of the Uralmash gang.[7]

Political career[edit]

Roizman was a State Duma deputy between 2003-2007, and attempted to run for parliament from the A Just Russia party in 2007, but was taken off the election list after a conflict with party leaders.[8] Until 2015, he was a political ally of Prokhorov[9] and was supported by the Civil Platform party.[8]


Roizman with part of his paintings collection.

He was elected Mayor of Yekaterinenburg on September 9, 2013, with over 30 percent of the vote, beating United Russia candidate Yakov Silin who got under 29 percent.[10][11]

Gubernatorial Campaign[edit]

In May 2017, Roizman announced that he would stand in gubernatorial elections in September as the candidate from the liberal opposition party Yabloko. He challenged acting Sverdlovsk Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev, a United Russia politician with whom Roizman has a longstanding personal rivalry.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Controversial Opposition Wild Card Yevgeny Roizman Takes Over In Yekaterinburg". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.
  2. ^ [1].
  3. ^ "Музей Невьянская икона, Екатеринбург – Афиша-Выставки". Афиша.
  4. ^ "Associated Press News". AP News.
  5. ^ Drugs Activist Stirs Up Yekaterinburg Elections, Moscow Times, September 9, 2013
  6. ^ TV Show Spurs Probe into Mayoral Candidate’s Alleged Mafia Ties, RIA Novosti, August 28, 2013
  7. ^ "Policing Politics in Ekaterinburg: local elites turn to cops for "stop Roizman" campaign". 4 September 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Anti-drug campaigner joins mayoral race in Russia's Yekaterinburg".
  9. ^ March 25, 2013 Forbes
  10. ^ Sputnik. "Opposition Candidate Roizman Declares Victory In Yekaterinburg".
  11. ^ "Pro-Putin majority party sweeps first nationwide election day".
  12. ^ Евгений Ройзман пойдет на губернаторские выборы от «Яблока»