By Tim Stickings for Mailonline
Published: 15:31 BST, May 22, 2019 | updated: 15:35 BST, May 22, 2019
A Russian judge is forced to resign over a topless photo of her months after showing leniency against two anti-Putin teenagers in a lawsuit.
Irina Devayeva stood up after her cell phone was apparently hacked and the naked image was stolen from it.
The official rule is that she & # 39; at her own request & # 39; has left, but there are concerns that the Kremlin may have fallen victim to the earlier case.
By taking the two teenagers out of custody last year – after being accused of conspiring to overthrow Vladimir Putin’s government – she was perhaps seen as rebelling against the Kremlin line, feared.
Russian judge Irina Devayeva (photo) is forced to resign over a topless photo of her, months after a controversy about her gentleness towards two teenagers
According to znak, the topless photo was taken before Devayeva beamed a judge in the Dorogomilovsky court in Moscow.
She had never shared it on her phone or published it on social media, it reports.
The earlier controversy surrounded 18-year-old Anna Pavlikova and 19-year-old Maria Dubovik, who were released from detention last year.
The couple were accused of creating an extremist group aimed at overthrowing the government of Vladimir Putin.
Irina Devayeva (photo) reportedly canceled after her cell phone was apparently hacked and the naked image was stolen from it
She and eight other suspects were arrested in March 2018.
Defense lawyers claimed that police undercover agents had written the group’s radical program and encouraged members to practice shooting.
They spent five months in a provisional detention where their health deteriorated, according to their lawyer and family members.
But in August last year, they were moved from detention to house arrest after a Devayeva ruling.
The judge stood in the middle of a row above 18-year-old Anna Pavlikova (left) and 19-year-old Maria Dubovik (right), who were released from detention last year
Hundreds of women had carried soft toys around Moscow during an unmarked & # 39; Mothers March & # 39; in an effort to release them.
Russia has frequently used its vaguely formulated extremism laws to pursue dissenters, opposition activists and religious minorities.
In one example, Russia officially banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017 and called them an extremist organization.
Amnesty International said the extremism laws were further extended and used arbitrarily against protected speech. in his latest report on Russia.