2012-06-28 18:40:00

Karelia Supreme Court cancels anti-cleric blogger's mental evaluation

Petrozavodsk, June 28, Interfax - The Supreme Court of Karelia has quashed the ruling by a Petrozavodsk court to send head of the Youth human rights group blogger Maksim Yefimov to a hospital for a psychological and mental evaluation.

The dossier regarding Yefimov was sent back to the Petrozavodsk court for re-examination by a new panel of judges, a republican court spokesperson told Interfax on Thursday.

The criminal case against Yefimov was opened in April under Article 282 of the Russian Penal Code (actions aimed at humiliating human dignity, committed publicly or with the use of mass media).

The move came after an article was posted on the Internet titled, "Karelia tired of priests," in which the author says, in particular, that anti-church sentiments are increasing in the republic.

According to the inquiry, the article contained allegations aimed at humiliating human dignity of a group of persons on the grounds of religious affiliation.

In May, an investigator probing Yefimov's case asked for the defendant to be sent to hospital to psychological and mental examination. The lower court granted the request.