27 July 2021, 10:46
Court again commits Yakut shaman Gabyshev to psychiatric clinic
Yakutsk, July 27, Interfax - The Yakutsk City Court ordered on Monday that shaman Alexander Gabyshev again undergo compulsory mental health treatment, Gabyshev's lawyers and coordinator of the Pravozashchita Otkrytki human rights organization Alexey Pryanishnikov told Interfax.
"The court has committed him to a specialized medical organization with intense surveillance, so to speak," Pryanishnikov said.
Gabyshev has been accused of attacking a police officer.
According the lawyer, the defense team views this decision as "out of proportion" and will appeal it.
"Gabyshev himself is shocked by this decision. He hoped for a more favorable outcome," Pryanishnikov said.
Gabyshev's health worsened during the trial, the lawyer said.
The shaman will remain in custody until the court ruling enters into force.
It was reported earlier that Gabyshev announced his new "march to Moscow" that was scheduled to begin in March.
In March 2019, Gabyshev began an 8,000-kilometer journey to Moscow, in order to "drive away" the president and "restore the people's power." The trek was meant to last two years.
In the fall of 2019, a criminal case based on public calls for extremism was opened against Gabyshev. He was detained several times and eventually ended his journey.
A state examination found Gabyshev insane. On May 12, 2020, he was committed to a psychiatric hospital. He stayed there until July 22.
Earlier this year, a criminal case was opened against Gabyshev for using violence against a police officer. The inquiry centers on an incident on January 27, 2021, when a medical worker arrived at Gabyshev's home together with Russian Guard officers to bring him to a Yakutsk psychiatric hospital for a routine examination after the shaman refused to receive treatment.
According to investigators, when the officers entered Gabyshev's home, he attacked one of them and wounded him with a sword.
Shortly after that, a court committed Gabyshev to a psychiatric hospital for the second time.