Russians will be sentenced on Monday for anti-Putin protest

by Reuters
Friday, 21 February 2014 12:20 GMT

MOSCOW, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A Russian judge who convicted eight defendants of rioting and violence against police at a 2012 protest against President Vladimir Putin said she would pronounce the sentences on Monday.

Prosecutors have asked for prison sentences of five to six years for the defendants, who pleaded not guilty in a trial denounced by Kremlin critics as politically motivated.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Alexei Anishchuk)