Seven Russians get prison terms for protests

by Reuters
Monday, 24 February 2014 09:57 GMT

MOSCOW, Feb 24 (Reuters) - A Russian court sentenced seven defendants to prison terms ranging from two and a half to four years on Monday after convicting them of rioting and attacking police at a protest against President Vladimir Putin in 2012.

An eighth defendant was given a suspended sentence, meaning she will avoid jail.

Opposition activists shouted "Shame" outside the court room and called for a protest near the Kremlin later on Monday. (Reporting by Thomas Grove; Writing by Steve Gutterman, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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