Larisa Arap, a member of the United Civic Front opposition movement, says she is being held at the institution as a reprisal from health workers for negative articles she published in a newspaper. Arap had alleged that patients at another local psychiatric clinic were beaten and sexually abused.
Arap is the head of the Murmansk branch of the United Civic Front. AP quoted a spokeswoman for the movement, Marina Litvinovich, as saying that Arap's detention "smacks of the Soviet-era practice of locking dissenters in psychiatric clinics."
(Reuters, Interfax, AP)