Prosecutors back claim to free alleged extremist movement leader from detention
MOSCOW, August 16 (RAPSI, Kirill Ryabchikov) – Prosecutors have supported a motion filed by investigators seeking to release the New Greatness (“Novoe Velichie”) movement’s activist Anna Pavlikova charged with founding an extremist organization from detention and put her under house arrest, RAPSI reports from the Dorogomilovsky District Court of Moscow.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Russia ordered the Moscow City Court’s Presidium to review an appeal against controversial detention of Pavlikova.
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.