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  • 24 February 2014, 10:51

Anti-Putin Protesters Jailed In Russia

A Russian court has jailed seven anti-government activists for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in 2012.

The court in Moscow sentenced the protesters to between two-and-a-half years and four years behind bars.

An eighth defendant was given a suspended sentence for her role in the demonstrations.

Dozens of protesters rallying outside the courtroom have been arrested.

The trial of the eight activists, known as the Bolotnaya case, relates to a May 2012 rally against Putin's re-election.

It took place on the eve of his inauguration for a third term as president.

The Bolotnaya protest turned violent after police closed off the square where the rally was due to be held.

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