Investigation frees woman charged with treason with travel restrictions pending trial

The investigation has revised the pretrial restrictive measure for Smolensk resident Svetlana Davydova charged with high treason from pretrial detention to travel restrictions, Davydova's defense attorney Sergei Badamshin told Interfax on Tuesday.

The investigation has revised the pretrial restrictive measure for Smolensk resident Svetlana Davydova charged with high treason from pretrial detention to travel restrictions, Davydova's defense attorney Sergei Badamshin told Interfax on Tuesday.

"The investigator has granted the defense's petition on changing Svetlana Davydova's restrictive measure. She has signed a pledge not to leave town," Badamshin said.

Davydova is supposed to be released from the Lefortovo detention center in Moscow later on Tuesday, he said.

Moscow's Lefortovo District Court had confirmed on January 29 that Davydova had been arrested on high treason charges at least until March 19, 2015. If found guilty, she might face up to 20 years' imprisonment.

Kommersant had reported last week that a criminal case had been opened against Davydova after she called the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow to inform it that a military garrison located nearby her home had emptied, suggesting that the troops stationed there might have been sent to Ukraine.

It was also reported that Davydova and her husband were raising seven children.

Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov was reported to declare that he could vouch for Davydova in court in order to allow her to be reunited with her family. A number of prominent public figures have also spoke in favor of freeing Davydova from detention pending trial. Tens of thousands of signatures in support for this move were collected and passed to the presidential secretariat on Tuesday.

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