Fri, 20 Sep 2019

A Russian judge who showed leniency toward two teenagers charged with plotting to overthrow the government has reportedly been forced to resign after a topless selfie of her was obtained by superiors who were critical of her ruling.

A spokeswoman for the Moscow City Court told RIA Novosti on May 15 that Judge Irina Devayeva resigned from the capital's Dorogomilov district court 'at her own request.' But other Russian media have noted that the photo scandal comes after Devayeva faced pressure and criticism following her August 2018 decision to transfer two teens accused of belonging to an alleged extremist group from detention to house arrest.

Devayeva's ruling to release 18-year-old Anna Pavlikova and 19-year old Maria Dubovik came after protesters organized a 'Mothers March' on August 15 during which many participants carrying stuffed animals to highlight the young age of the detainees.

Pavlikova and Dubovik were arrested in March 2018, along with eight others and held on extremism charges that they had turned their online chat criticizing the government into a political movement called New Greatness.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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