Russian student charged with attempting to join ISIS goes on trial
MOSCOW, September 27 (RAPSI) – A criminal case against Varvara Karaulova (Alexandra Ivanova), the Moscow State University’s student, who stands charged with attempting to join the Islamic State militants in Syria, has been forwarded to court, her attorney Sergei Badamshin told RAPSI on Friday.
The case will be considered by the Moscow District Military Court.
Earlier, Karaulova (Ivanova) requested to close her case but investigator denied the motion.
As previously reported the second-year student of the Moscow State University’s Faculty of Philosophy, allegedly decided to join the Islamic State, the organization banned in Russia, 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.
In October, Karaulova, who had changed her name to Alexandra Ivanova, was again arrested in Moscow and put in jail.
She has been found sane by the psychiatric evaluation.
The student did not plead guilty and stated that she was not going to become a terrorist.