MOSCOW | Russian court jails 77-year-old rights activist

5Dec - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



MOSCOW — A 77-year old Russian human rights activist was sentenced Wednesday by a Moscow court to 25 days in jail for calling for an unauthorized protest, a ruling that has drawn strong criticism from rights groups.

Charges against Lev Ponomarev, a highly respected rights activist, stemmed from a Facebook post in which he called for a protest in October in support of several teenagers accused of extremism in a case widely described as trumped up.

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