2020-02-05 18:09:00

Yakut shaman complains to ECHR

Yakutsk, February 5, Interfax - Yakut shaman Alexander Gabyshev has sent a claim to the European Court of Human Rights, the coordinator of the organization Pravozashchita Otkrytki, Alexey Pryanishnikov, said.

"Gabyshev has filed a complaint about a violation of his rights when he and his two supporters were illegally detained on December 10," Pryanishnikov told Interfax.

Gabyshev's detained associates, Kirill Mukhtarulin and Alexey Brylev, have also filed claims with the ECHR regarding their illegal detention.

Gabyshev, who calls himself a shaman, 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 two years. He covered a distance of roughly 3,000 kilometers after beginning his journey. Police officers detained Gabyshev on the Baikal federal motorway in Buryatia in the early hours of September 19.

It was later reported that a criminal case had been 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."

Pravozashchita Otkrytki said on October 3 that Gabyshev had been found to be insane.

It was reported on December 8 that Gabyshev had begun another journey to Moscow. He and two of his supporters were detained on December 10.

On January 12, 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.

In late January, the police arrested three associates of Gabyshev, who were staying at his place of residence, for three days for resisting the authorities.