05 June 2020, 19:47
Yakutsk City Court finds hospitalization of shaman Gabyshev legal
Yakutsk, June 5, Interfax - The Yakutsk City Court has declined the motion filed by the defense lawyers for shaman Alexander Gabyshev, in which they asked to recognize his hospitalization in a mental clinic to be illegal and to immediately release him, the human rights organization Pravozashchita Otkrytki said.
"In the hearing, the judge declined the motion seeking a comprehensive psychological and handwriting evaluation to determine Gabyshev's mental and psychological state at the time he signed his consent to be hospitalized on May 12," the report said.
The court also declined the request to call an independent psychiatrist to evaluate Gabyshev's state and to call the ambulance doctors who took him to the clinic.
The rights activists said they disagree with the court decision.
"The decision will be appealed, including to the ECHR," they said.
Gabyshev, who calls himself a shaman, began an 8,000-kilometer journey to Moscow in March 2019, in order to "drive Putin away" and "restore the people's power." The trek was supposed to last two years.
Last fall, Gabyshev became the subject of a criminal inquiry into public calls for extremism, was arrested several times, and eventually had to call off his journey.
A mental examination found him unfit to stand trial.
Gabyshev was forcibly taken to a mental clinic on May 12. A medical commission of the mental clinic decided that shaman Alexander Gabyshev was a threat to himself and the people near him.
On June 2, the Yakutsk City Court granted the lawsuit filed by the republic's mental clinic seeking the shaman's forced hospitalization. Human rights activists are going to appeal that decision.