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Russian court grants early release to would-be IS bride

AP  |  Moscow 

A on Tuesday granted to a student who was sent to prison for trying to join the Islamic State group in

The court in Russia's northwest upheld Varvara Karaulova's plea to cut her prison sentence by one year and 10 days.

The 23-year old State University student was sentenced to 4 years in prison in December 2016. She was arrested in Turkey, where she was trying to cross the border into after her father filed a missing person's report.

At least 4,000 Russian citizens, mostly from predominantly Muslim regions, have traveled to and to join IS.

Philosophy major Karaulova, from a middle-class, non-Muslim family, was an odd-one-out among Russian IS recruits who typically hailed from impoverished provincial backgrounds in the

Karaulova, a convert to Islam, insists that she fell in love with a man she met online and wanted to marry him in Syria, but did not share the radical ideology of the IS.

Her father had pleaded with the court to acquit Karaulova, saying that he was seeking help from Russian authorities by filing a missing person's report, not vengeance against his own daughter.

Karaulova who was expelled from university shortly after her arrest told the court on Tuesday that her trip to was "the most foolish thing I have ever done in my life and the one I'm still punishing myself for."

Her father, Pavel Karaulov, who attended the hearing in Vologda, told the agency on Tuesday that he was "over the moon" with the ruling and hopes that she can soon return to her studies and "live to the full."

Mikhail Fedotov, of the Russian presidential human rights council, who visited Karaulova in custody, welcomed the ruling, saying in remarks carried by Tass on Tuesday that she was a "victim of

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 20:30 IST