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Russian Opposition Activists Express Solidarity With Jailed Colleagues

Yevgeny Vitishko was one of those jailed in Tuapse.

Yevgeny Vitishko was one of those jailed in Tuapse.

Dozens of activists from the opposition Yabloko party staged a public show of solidarity today in St. Petersburg with four colleagues jailed in the Black Sea coastal city of Tuapse, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The four Yabloko activists, Zufar Achilov, Dmitry Shevchenko, Suren Gazarian, and Yevgeny Vetishko, who are also members of a North Caucasus ecological group, were sentenced to 7-10 days in jail on February 28 after being arrested for staging a protest in front of the residence of Krasnodar Krai Governor Aleksandr Tkachev. They were protesting the deforestation of territory controlled by the governor.

Achilov's sentence was later reduced to five days in jail.

The activists in St. Petersburg unfolded placards and distributed leaflets explaining the plight of their four North Caucasus colleagues.

Supporters of the Tuapse activists have been staging public protests since March 2 in Tuapse, Krasnodar, and Moscow.

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