Moscow court upholds detention of student charged with attempting to join ISIS
MOSCOW, January 19 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal filed by Varvara Karaulova (Alexandra Ivanova), a student of the Moscow State University who stands charged with attempting to join the Islamic State militants in Syria, against extension of her detention, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
Karaulova will stay in jail until March 27.
Karaulova, the second-year student of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Moscow State University, allegedly decided to join the Islamic State and secretly started off for Istanbul on May 27.
On June 4, she was arrested near Turkey's border with Syria along with 13 other Russian citizens when attempting to cross into the territory occupied by Islamic State militants.
On June 11, she returned to Russia under escort of Interpol employees.
If convicted, Karaulova faces up to ten years in prison.
The Islamic State is currently one of the major threats to global security. Over three years, these terrorists have managed to seize large areas of Iraq and Syria. The organization is also attempting to spread its influence to North Africa – particularly, Libya. The area controlled by ISIS covers up to 90,000 square kilometers.