Person of the Week: Aleksandr Gabyshev confined to psychiatric hospital

Week-ending 30 July 2021


On 26 July 2021 Yakutsk city court ruled that Aleksandr Gabyshev, a shaman who has been stopped several times by police as he walked to Moscow ‘to drive President Putin out of the Kremlin’, is to be compulsorily confined to a psychiatric hospital for treatment on the grounds he poses an ‘extreme danger’ to society.


RFE/RL, 26 July 2021: A court in Russia’s Siberian region of Yakutia has confined to forced psychiatric treatment a shaman who was stopped by authorities several times in his attempts to march to Moscow by foot “to drive President Vladimir Putin out of the Kremlin.” Aleksei Pryanishnikov, a lawyer for Aleksandr Gabyshev, told RFE/RL that the Yakutsk city court ruled on July 26 that Gabyshev poses an “extreme danger” to society and “needs to be forcibly treated in a specialized hospital under permanent supervision.”

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