Russia: Moscow court orders suspected IS recruit to stay behind bars

Moscow City Court Judge Pasyunin Yurij Anatolevich ruled that student Aleksandra Ivanova will be held in police custody until March 27 during a hearing in Moscow, Tuesday. Ivanova, formerly known as Varvara Karaulova, appeared in court over allegations that she had attempted to join the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ ISIL) in 2015.
Ivanova's lawyer Sergei Badamshin criticised the ruling, dubbing it an example of "undue rigidity," before adding that "we will work to change the preventive measures of restraint and accordingly, we will be proving her innocence."
The 19-year-old student was detained last year in Turkey while attempting to cross the border into Syria. Turkish police deported her back to Russia on June 12 and she was officially charged on November 10.

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