MOSCOW, October 11 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Thursday upheld extension of house arrest for two activists of the New Greatness (“Novoe Velichie”) movement Anna Pavlikova and Maria Dubovik, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

They will stay under house arrest until December 13.

On August 17, the Dorogomilovsky District Court of Moscow granted a motion by investigators to release Pavlikova and Dubovik from jail. The defendants were placed under house arrest.

Earlier, the Supreme Court ordered the Moscow City Court’s Presidium to review an appeal against controversial detention of Pavlikova. The court has received complaints from the cabinet of Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner and the defendant’s lawyer.

Nine activists of the movement were arrested in March. Investigators stated that the defendants followed far-right ideas and that their leader claimed that he planned to establish a new order in Russia.

The New Greatness case became a subject of public controversy because the defense has information that the movement itself was organized by a law enforcement officer.

Chairman of the Presidential Council for Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov visited Pavlikova in a detention center and noted that she only recently turned 18 and has several chronic illnesses.