Treason case against mother of 7 accused of spying for Ukraine is closed

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The high treason case against Svetlana Davydova has been closed, according to Davydova’s lawyer, Ivan Pavlov.

Davydova was accused of high treason for notifying the Ukrainian embassy of information she had overheard on a bus about Russian soldiers who had allegedly been sent on assignment abroad, possibly to Ukraine.

Davydova has a right to be compensated for unwarranted prosecution.

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Svetlana Davydova, mother of seven children and resident of Vyazma, a city about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Moscow, was arrested and detained at the pre-trial detention center Lefortovo on January 21, 2015. She was accused of high treason. She was released on February 3 on pledge not to leave the country. Her arrest caused an uproar in Russian media.

There have been several high treason accusations in Russia in the past months. Petr Parpulov is currently being held in a pre-trial detention center in Krasnodar, a city in southeast Russia. In Moscow, authorities have detained Gennady Kravtsov for sending his resume to a Swedish company, and Evgeny Petrin, member of the Russian Orthodox Church patriarchy. Former researcher of a nuclear center in Sarov, Vladimir Golubev, is also accused of high treason for publishing data which is available from open sources.