Russian Supreme Court rules to review appeal against controversial detention of activist
MOSCOW, August 15 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia has ordered the Moscow City Court’s Presidium to review an appeal against controversial detention of the New Greatness (“Novoe Velichie”) movement’s activist Anna Pavlikova charged with founding an extremist organization, the press-service of the court has told RAPSI.
Earlier, the court received complaints from the cabinet of Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner and the defendant’s lawyer.
Nine activists of the movement were arrested in March. Investigators stated that the defendants followed far-right ideas and that their leader claimed that he planned to establish a new order in Russia.
The New Greatness case became a subject of public controversy because the defense has information that the movement itself was organized by a law enforcement officer.
Chairman of the Presidential Council for Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov visited Pavlikova in a detention center and noted that she only recently turned 18 and has several chronic illnesses.