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The court will consider the issue of extending the arrest of Berkovich and Petriychuk on November 2

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MOSCOW, Oct. 30 On November 2, the Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow will consider the investigation's request to extend the arrest period for director Evgenia Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk in the case of acquittal terrorism, the court was told.
“The court hearing is scheduled for November 2, 13.00,” said the agency’s interlocutor.

The Khamovnichesky District Court in early September extended the arrest of Berkovich and Petriychuk until November 4. The need to extend the preventive measure was justified by the impossibility of completing the investigation due to previously appointed examinations – psychological-psychiatric and psychological-linguistic auto-editing.

In addition, the accused may still escape, continue to engage in criminal activity, or otherwise interfere with the proceedings, a representative of the Investigative Committee said at the time.
As follows from the materials read out in court, the case was initiated for posting on YouTube a reading of the play “Finist Yasnyi Sokol”, which, according to the expert assessment, contained signs of justification of terrorism, the ideology of the terrorist group “Islamic State” banned in the Russian Federation* and jihadism.
The defense considers the “destructological” examination on which the case is based illegal. The response of the All-Russian Federal Center for Social Expertise under the Ministry of Justice of Russia to the request of lawyers about the competence of the study states that such examinations are not carried out in the Russian Federal Center for Social Expertise and in general “destructology is not a science, nor any field of technology, art or craft, and only such are understood by the legislation of the Russian Federation as special knowledge.”
The play “Finist Yasny Falcon” was staged by Berkovich in Moscow based on the play by Petriychuk. It tells the story of women who decided to virtually marry adherents of radical Islam and go to Syria with them. The performance, created, among other things, with money from the Ministry of Culture, received the Golden Mask theater award.

* Terrorist organization banned in Russia.


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