Russian presidential children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov will look into the circumstances of the arrest of Svetlana Davydova, a resident of the Smolensk region, who was arrested on suspicion of high treason.
"We are looking into the circumstances of the case and the situation of the children. All of the children will be provided with the assistance they need," Renat Abdeyev, press officer for Astakhov, told Interfax on Friday.
According to earlier reports, Moscow's Lefortovo Court has issued an arrest warrant for Davydova, who will remain under arrest until March 19. According to Kommersant, Davydova contacted the Ukrainian embassy in April 2014, saying the military unit located near her residence had become "empty."
According to media reports, the woman has seven children.
A source familiar with the situation told Interfax law enforcement agencies had officially indicted Davydova. "The official indictment has been brought against her now," the source said. The source said Davydova's apartment had been searched under a search warrant issued by court, after which she was detained and transferred to Moscow. "She is charged with a crime enshrined by Article 275 of the Criminal Code (high treason), which is punishable by up to twenty years in prison," the source said.
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