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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 theBolotnaya case, relates to a May 2012 rally against Putin'sre-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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