2016-09-22 15:28:00

Court prolongs until mid December arrest of MSU student accused of attempt to join ISIL

Moscow, September 22, Interfax - The Moscow District Military Court has prolonged until mid December the arrest of Moscow State University (MSU) student Alexandra Ivanova (Varvara Karaulova), who is accused of an attempt to join Islamic State (ISIL, terrorist organization banned in Russia), an Interfax correspondent has reported, citing a decision made by Justice Alexander Ababkov, which was read on Thursday following the hearing on whether Ivanova should remain under arrest during the trial of the case.

"The court has decided to prolong the arrest of the accused Alexandra Pavlovna Ivanova until December 13," the judge said.

The court thus granted the state prosecutors' request and declined the defense lawyers' request to put Ivanova under house arrest, release her on bail or on her own recognizance.

According to earlier reports, Ivanova (Karaulova) was charged with an attempt to participate in a terrorist organization.

According to the case materials, Ivanova (Karaulova) admitted her guilt when she was questioned as an accused person. The student's parents said the young woman could not overcome her pathological infatuation with her virtual boyfriend, who turned out to be a recruiter for Islamists.

The student went missing in Moscow on May 27, 2015 after she left for university, but did not show up for classes. In early June, it was reported that 13 Russians (including Karaulova), who allegedly planned to join the terrorist organization Islamic State, had been detained on the Turkish-Syrian border. Karaulova returned to Moscow on June 11. She later changed her name.

The investigators believe the young woman had continued talking to the ISIL recruiter after returning home and intended to go to Syria again.

Alexandra Ivanova (Varvara Karaulova) has been held in the Lefortovo detention facility since October 2015. Her arrest was last prolonged until September 27.

The judicial psychiatric evaluation ordered by investigators, which was performed in the Serbsky Institute, showed that the young woman is sane.

The defense lawyers for the young woman have filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights contesting her arrest and the irregularities committed by the Federal Security Service against her during the investigation.