House Arrest Lifted For Woman Charged With 'Desecrating' Putin's Parents' Grave

By RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

A court in St. Petersburg has released a 60-year-old woman from house arrest after charging her with hatred-based desecration of a grave for leaving a note on the grave of the parents of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Irina Tsybanyova still faces a criminal case and several restrictions, including use of the telephone and Internet and a ban on visiting the cemetery where she left a note on the graves of Putin's parents saying he "behaves awfully" and asking them to "Undertake proper measures." Investigators say Tsybanyova committed "cynical immoral actions that contradict the norms accepted in society." To read the original story on RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, click here.