MOSCOW, August 10 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Monday upheld a 9-year administrative supervision including a ban to leave home at night imposed on Varvara Karaulova, ex-student of the Moscow State University who had been convicted of an attempt to join terrorists in Syria, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
In her complaint she stated that got married her lawyer, but despite this the court dismissed the appeal.
However, the court changed a lower court’s ruling as to the computation of the supervision time and set its calculation from today.
Karaulova being a second-year student of the Moscow State University’s Faculty of Philosophy decided to join ISIS, a terrorist organization prohibited in Russia, and secretly started off for Istanbul on May 27, 2015.
Karaulova, who later changed her name to Alexandra Ivanova, was arrested on June 4, 2015, near Turkey's border with Syria along with 13 other Russian citizens when attempting to cross into the territory occupied by Islamic State terrorists. In October 2015, she was put in jail. She pleaded not guilty.
In October 2016, Karaulova was expelled from the university.
In December 2016, the Moscow District Military Court found that Karaulova decided to participate in the Islamic State terrorist group’s activities. The court noted that she shared organization's ideology. Karaulova was given a 4.5-year prison term. The Russian Supreme Court has upheld the sentence.
In April 2019, Karaulova was released from prison on parole.
On June 5, Moscow’s Kuntsevsky District Court ordered administrative supervision over Karaulova until April 27, 2029. The court obliged her to register in a territorial department of the Interior Ministry twice a month. She has been also banned from leaving her place of residence from 11 pm to 6 am.