MOSCOW, March 2 (RAPSI) – The Judicial Chamber on Administrative Cases has upheld lower courts’ rulings concerning imposition of administrative supervision against Varvara Karaulova convicted of an attempt to join terrorists in Syria, RAPSI has been told in the Second Cassation Court of General Jurisdiction.
Karaulova being a 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.
In April 2019, Karaulova was released from prison on parole.
In June 2020 Moscow’s Kuntsevsky District Court ordered administrative supervision over Karaulova until April 27, 2029. The court obliged her to register in a territorial department of the Interior Ministry twice a month. She was also banned from leaving her place of residence from 11 pm to 6 am. In August, the Moscow City Court upheld the 9-year administrative supervision imposed on Karaulova.