September 4, 2019 / 9:57 AM / 3 months ago

Russia jails protester for three years for violence against police

Participant of a recent rally to demand free elections Kirill Zhukov stands inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court sentenced a protester to three years in jail on Wednesday after finding him guilty of using violence against a police officer at an opposition rally this summer.

Kirill Zhukov, who denied the charges against him, was shown in footage circulated online trying to pull on the straps of a police officer’s helmet during a political protest on July 27.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Catherine Evans

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