Investigative Committee Abandons Attempt to Place Blogger who Criticized Orthodox Church in Psychiatric Hospital

posted 18 Jul 2012, 13:59 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Jul 2012, 13:59 ]
Source: (info), 17/07/12 

· Freedom of expression  · Freedom of conscience  · Karelia 

If investigators do not take the name of Maksim Efimov off a federal wanted list, human rights defenders will appeal to the courts. 

Agora Human Rights Association reports that during the repeat hearing at Petrozavodsk city court, investigator A. Voronin from Karelia’s Muezersky district Investigative Committee unexpectedly withdrew a petition to place the blogger Maksim Efimov in a psychiatric hospital as an in-patient. The lawyer acting for the civic activist and the representative of the Prosecutor’s Office supported this decision after which Petrozavodsky city court ruled that the petition was now null and void. [Read more]