Putin's First Move After Ukraine: 2 ½ Years For Throwing A Lemon

February 25, 2014 1:50 PM

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Seven defendants received prison sentences up to four years for “application of force against authorities” during the May 6, 2012 Moscow demonstrations on the eve of Putin’s inauguration for a third term. One defendant, a twenty year old female, was given a suspended sentence. The eight defendants had spent the almost two years in prison.

Protesters shouted “shame” outside the courtroom, before they themselves were hauled off, as events inside reached farcical proportions. Student, Yaroslav Belousov, was sentenced to two and a half years for throwing a “billiard ball” that maimed a heavily armed riot policeman, according to the testi...

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