Moscow police urge 9-year supervision over young woman attempted to join terrorists
MOSCOW, June 3 (RAPSI) – Police filed a lawsuit seeking to order administrative supervision over Varvara Karaulova, ex-student of the Moscow State University who had been convicted of an attempt to join terrorists in Syria, until April 27, 2029, her attorney Sergey Badamshin told RAPSI on Wednesday.
The Kuntsevsky District Court of Moscow will hear the suit on June 4.
In April 2019, Karaulova was released from prison on parole.
The second-year student of the Moscow State University’s Faculty of Philosophy decided to join ISIS, a terrorist organization prohibited in Russia, and secretly started off for Istanbul on May 27, 2015.
Karaulova, who later changed her name to Alexandra Ivanova, was arrested on June 4, 2015, near Turkey's border with Syria along with 13 other Russian citizens when attempting to cross into the territory occupied by Islamic State terrorists. In October 2015, she was put in jail. She pleaded not guilty.
In October 2016, Karaulova was expelled from the university.
In December 2016, the Moscow District Military Court found that Karaulova decided to participate in the Islamic State terrorist group’s activities. The court noted that she shared organization's ideology. Karaulova was given a 4.5-year prison term. The Russian Supreme Court has upheld the sentence.