Eight Russians found guilty in trial over anti-Putin protest

by Reuters
Friday, 21 February 2014 11:43 GMT

MOSCOW, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A Russian judge on Friday convicted eight defendants of rioting and violence against police at an opposition protest on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration to a third term in 2012.

Prosecutors asked for sentences of five-to-six years in prison during what Kremlin critics have denounced as a show trial. The judge was expected to pronounce the sentences later on Friday after reading out the verdict. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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