23 January 2020, 11:28
Associates of shaman Gabyshev detained in Yakutia
Yakutsk, January 23, Interfax - Four supporters of shaman Alexander Gabyshev have been detained in Yakutia, coordinator of the human rights organization Pravozashchita Otkrytki Alexey Pryanishnikov said.
"Police officers detained four members of Gabyshev's team, including Alexey Brylev and Yury Konyukhov. The alleged reason is for identification," Pryanishnikov told Interfax.
The human rights activist said Gabyshev had locked himself in his home.
"Police officers made an attempt to break in the door, but they gave up that idea after Gabyshev said he was calling a lawyer," Pryanishnikov said.
Interfax has not yet received comment from Yakutia's Interior Ministry on this information.
Gabyshev began his 8,000-kilometer journey to Moscow in March 2019, in order to "drive Putin away" and "restore the people's power." The trek was supposed to last for two years. He has covered a distance of roughly 3,000 kilometers since beginning his journey. Police officials detained Gabyshev on the federal motorway Baikal in Buryatia in the early hours of September 19.
It was later reported that a criminal case was opened against him on counts of public calls for extremism. According to case materials seen by Interfax, investigators believe that between March 6 and May 22, "Gabyshev personally exhorted a group of people in an unidentified location to carry out extremist activities."
On October 3, Pravozashchita Otkrytki said Gabyshev had been found to be insane.
It was reported on December 8, that Gabyshev had resumed his journey to Moscow because no charges had been brought against him in the ten days after measures of restraint were imposed on him. Therefore, restrictions on leaving Yakutsk, according to his lawyers, were automatically lifted.
Gabyshev and two of his supporters were detained on December 10. According to the protocol, Gabyshev "behaved arrogantly, took out a sword, brandished it in the direction of police officers and tore an officer's uniform coat during an attempt to issue him a summons."
A video address in which the shaman announced his plans to go on a third journey to Moscow in March was published on Gabyshev's YouTube channel on January 12.
It was reported on January 16, that investigators in Yakutia had not opened a criminal case against Gabyshev. "Gabyshev was not found to have any intent to use violence against an authority," Pravozashchita Otkrytki said, citing investigators' inclusions. The sword, which had been seized as physical evidence, was returned to the shaman.
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