MOSCOW, October 31 (RAPSI) - Varvara Karaulova, a student of the Moscow State University, who has been charged with attempting to join the Islamic State militants in Syria suffers from mental illness, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.
It was revealed during a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court on Monday.
Karaulova who changed her name to Alexandra Ivanova was diagnosed with schizotypal disorder in June 2015, according to documents presented in court.
Nothing was reported earlier about Karaulova's mental illness. Psychiatric evaluation found her sane.
According to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), schizotypal disorder is characterized by eccentric behavior and abnormalities of thinking and emotions. The disease has a chronic nature with rate changes and can spiral into schizophrenia.
Karaulova went on trial on October 5.
Her parents, friends as well as teachers of the Moscow State University have been already questioned.
The second-year student of the Moscow State University’s Faculty of Philosophy allegedly decided to join the Islamic State terrorist group, also called ISIS, an organization which had been banned in Russia, and secretly started off for Istanbul on May 27, RAPSI previously reported.
Karaulova was arrested on June 4 near Turkey's border with Syria along with 13 other Russian citizens when attempting to cross into the territory occupied by Islamic State terrorists.
After being escorted to Russia in October, Karaulova was put in jail.
She pleaded not guilty.