The Primorsky Regional Court today, February 12, rejected the defense’s appeal against the decision of the court of first instance, which refused to transfer shaman Alexander Gabyshev to a milder treatment regimen. The defense wanted to transfer him to a general psychiatric hospital. The shaman will remain in a specialized psychiatric hospital in Ussuriysk.
“Judge of the Primorsky Regional Court Dmitry Parkhomenko refused to satisfy our complaint against the decision of the Ussuriysk District Court to extend the compulsory treatment of shaman Alexander Gabyshev in a special mental hospital in Ussuriysk,”— reported shaman's lawyer Alexey Pryanishnikov. He intends to file a cassation appeal.
In December last year, the Ussuriysk District Court refused transferred by Alexander Gabyshev to a general psychiatric hospital. “Gabyshev is socially dangerous - this is the opinion of the prosecutor, which apparently guided the judge. And this is all despite the position of the doctors who insist on transferring Alexander to a general mental hospital,” lawyer Pryanishnikov said then.
Alexander Gabyshev walked from Yakutsk to Moscow in March 2019 to, in his words, “drive out” Russian President Vladimir Putin. In September 2019, he was detained at the 202nd kilometer of the M-53 Baikal federal highway and returned to Yakutia. From May to July 2020, he was kept in the Yakut Republican Psychoneurological Dispensary.
Then Mr. Gabyshev announced a new “march against Moscow,” but in July 2021, the Yakut City Court made a decision to send the shaman for compulsory treatment. At first, Alexander Gabyshev was in a specialized Novosibirsk psychiatric hospital (inpatient facility) with intensive observation. In April 2022, he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in Ussuriysk.