2020-06-22 11:27:00

Shaman Gabyshev's supporter detained after he got into Yakutsk mental clinic

Yakutsk, June 22, Interfax - A supporter of shaman Alexander Gabyshev has got into a mental clinic in Yakutsk to release him, the clinic's chief doctor Oleg Pripuzov said.

"An unidentified man was detained by police. Gabyshev remains in the clinic," Pripuzov told Interfax.

The press service for the Russian Interior Ministry's directorate for Yakutia declined to comment on the incident.

Gabyshev, who calls himself a shaman, began an 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.

Last fall, a criminal case on charges of public calls for extremism was opened against him. He was detained several time, and eventually stopped his journey.

State examination has found Gabyshev insane. On May 12, he was forcibly taken to a mental clinic. The clinic's medical commission resolved that Gabyshev posed a threat to himself and other people.

On June 2, the Yakutsk City Court granted the lawsuit of the mental clinic seeking Gabyshev forced treatment. Human rights activists are going to appeal this decision.