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Moscow student charged with attempting to join IS to stay under arrest until end of March

December 17, 2015, 18:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The court did not find grounds to mitigate the measures of restraint for Varvara Karaulova
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MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Moscow’s Lefortovsky court has upheld the arrest of Moscow State University (MSU) student Varvara Karaulova until March 27 on charges of attempting to join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization banned in Russia.

"The court granted a petition of investigators to extend restrictive measures against Alexandra Ivanova (Varvara Karaulova) in the form of arrest until 27 March 2016," the court’s press secretary Yulia Skotnikova told TASS on Thursday.

The court did not find grounds to mitigate the measures of restraint for Karaulova.

Karaulova who was arrested on October 28 on suspicion of attempting to join IS was officially charged on November 10.

Varvara Karaulova, a 19 year-old student from Moscow, sprang to notoriety in Russia and abroad at the very end of May when she walked out of her apartment telling her parents she was going to the university but turned up at an airport and boarded a flight for Istanbul.

Operatives from the Turkish office of Interpol detained Karaulova and twelve other Russian citizens during their attempt to cross the Turkish-Syrian border. All of them had supposedly come to trickle into Syria and join the IS militants.

Varvara, who was escorted by her father on the return trip, came back to Moscow from Istanbul on June 12. Upon completion of a formal security check on her the court decided to refrain from instituting a criminal case against her.

On Tuesday, October 27 the court arrested the people who had recruited Karaulova herself and had tried to enmesh her in the IS operations.

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