September 3, 2019 / 10:51 AM / 12 days ago

Russia jails protester for three years for attacking policeman - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a man to three years in jail after convicting him of attacking a policeman during an unauthorised political protest in Moscow in July, the RIA news agency reported.

Ivan Podkopayev was one of thousands of protesters who took part in a series of opposition protests this summer calling for free elections in the Russian capital.

Earlier on Tuesday, a court sentenced a blogger to five years in jail after convicting him of inciting violence against the children of police officers, and charged two Kremlin critics with organising an illegal protest.

Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn

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