MOSCOW, May 11 (RAPSI) – The Prosecutor’s Office of Voronezh, a town in southwestern Russia, has launched a probe into alleged involuntary psychiatric committal of Dmitry Vorobyevsky, a well-known Voronezh opposition activist, without a respective court decision, a representative of this supervisory authority told RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday.

Local media reported about Vorobyevsky’s committal on May 7, later the news was published by Amnesty International.

The town Prosecutor’s Office is carrying out an examination of this information acting on instructions from the higher regional authority, RIA Novosti has been told.

According to lawyer Olga Gnezdilova, although Vorobyevsky was committed, no court hearing necessary to decide if compulsory hospitalization was needed has been held as yet.

Psychiatric hospital officials, regional health authorities and the court chair declined to comment on the situation to RIA Novosti.

Dmitry Vorobyevsky is an opposition activist well known in the town of Voronezh. He is a permanent participant of all protest actions, always having on display a poster demanding the country’s leadership to resign.