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News Brief Feb. 19-23


Russia detained ballerina Ksenia Karelina on accounts of treason. Karelina holds dual citizenship in Russia and the United States. 

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) alleges Karelina has been “involved in providing financial assistance to a foreign state in activities directed against the security of our country.”

Karelina has been accused under article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code, which is punishable by 12 to 20 years in prison as well as confiscation of property.

Karelina’s American co-workers said she donated $58.10 to Ukrainian charity in the United States. 

Karelina traveled to Russia Jan. 2 and on Feb. 8 the U.S. learned she had been detained. Russian authorities are holding her on suspicion of treason for raising funds to support Ukraine in its defense against the Kremlin’s invasion. 

“She’s such a gentle flower and I’m just very, very concerned about her physical being, about her mental being, I just want her back,” Karelina’s former mother-in-law Eleonora Srebroski told NBC News. “She is not safe there and if we do not help her, she will spend the rest of her life in jail.” 

The White House said it was working to secure consular access.

“If you’re a U.S. citizen, including a dual national, residing in or traveling in Russia, you ought to leave right now if you can,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said. “Just depart immediately.” 


A new electrode treatment could help patients with severe depression. Emily Hollenbeck is one of the first to try this experimental option.

Hollenbeck has suffered from depression so severe she describes it as a “black hole, where gravity felt so strong and her limbs so heavy she could barely move.” As a solution, electrodes will be implanted in her brain. 

This path of treatment is called deep brain stimulation, or DBS. DBS is approved for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Doctors are hopeful it can treat depression on a wide scale too. 

“The treatment gives patients targeted electrical impulses, much like a pacemaker for the brain. A growing body of recent research is promising, with more underway — although two large studies that showed no advantage to using DBS for depression temporarily halted progress, and some scientists continue to raise concerns,” AP News reported. 

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to speed up its review of Abbott Laboratories’ request to use its DBS devices for treatment-resistant depression.

The surgery was performed while Hollenbeck was awake. Dr. Brian Kopell performed the procedure and placed thin metal electrodes in the cingulate cortex of the brain which regulates behavior related to emotions, particularly those of sadness.

“The electrodes are connected by an internal wire to a device placed under the skin in her chest, which controls the amount of electrical stimulation and delivers constant low-voltage pulses,” AP reported. 

“The first day after surgery, she started feeling a lifting of that negative mood, of the heaviness,” Dr. Martijn Figee, her psychiatrist, said. “I remember her telling me that she was able to enjoy Vietnamese takeout for the first time in years and really taste the food. She started to decorate her home, which had been completely empty since she moved to New York.”


An arrest was made in the case Campus Police assisted with involving auto thefts on campus. 

“Police arrested Aaron Peterson, 52, on Feb. 15, police say. He was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on complaints of grand larceny, destruction of property, engaging in pattern of criminal offenses, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property,” Channel 6 reported.

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