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Moscow student accused of attempting to join ISIS to undergo sanity exam

16:50 03/02/2016

MOSCOW, February 3 (RAPSI) - Varvara Karaulova (Alexandra Ivanova), a student of the Moscow State University who stands charged with attempting to join the Islamic State militants in Syria, will undergo a mental examination, her lawyer Sergei Badamshin told RAPSI on Wednesday.

She has been put in the Serbsky Mental Institution in Moscow, the lawyer said.

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.

Her detention recently was extended until March 27.

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.

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Moscow student accused of attempting to join ISIS to undergo sanity exam

16:50 03/02/2016 Varvara Karaulova (Alexandra Ivanova), a student of the Moscow State University who stands charged with attempting to join the Islamic State militants in Syria, will undergo a mental examination.
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