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Russian Opposition Leaders Sentenced To 10 Days In Jail

  • RFE/RL's Russian Service

Ilya Yashin

Ilya Yashin

MOSCOW – The leader of Russia's opposition Solidarity movement, Ilya Yashin, has been sentenced to 10 days in jail after being found guilty of failure to obey a law-enforcement officer.

Yashin was detained on May 16 at Moscow's Kudrinskaya Square where anti-Putin demonstrators were gathering.

Those demonstrators were still on the square as of May 18, athough there are reports police have moved in to prevent people from setting up tents.

Police also detained at least 12 more people on May 17, among them environmental activist Yevgenia Chirikova and Petr Verzilov, a member of the art group Voina.

Chirikova, who faces the same charges as Yashin, said police broke her arm while they were detaining her.

With reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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