Varvara Karaulova granted parole
The Vologda City Court has satisfied a motion to grant parole to Varvara Karaulova (aka Alexandra Ivanova) convicted for an attempt to join the ISIS terror group (outlawed in Russia).
"The petition for convict’s parole is subject to satisfaction," TASS cited the judge as saying,
On May 27, 2015, Varvara Karaulova, then a student at the Moscow University’s school of philosophy took a flight from Moscow to Istanbul, concealing the fact from her parents. The people who met her at the airport in Turkey took her to a safe apartment in the town of Kilis. Security service agents and the police detained her later for an attempt to cross the Turkish-Syrian border illegally. Her father managed to bring her back home on June 12, 2015. The court authorized her arrest on October 28 and official charges were issued on November 10.
The Moscow region military court sentenced Karaulova to 4.5 years in a general penal colony in 2016.
In December 2017, Karaulova sought the ombudsperson’s help and support in preparing an appeal for pardon to the Russian president.