Moscow court hits rights activist with jail term over demo

7th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Moscow court sentenced one of Russia's most prominent human rights activists to four days in jail for participating in a unauthorised protest in the Russian capital.

The court found Lev Ponomaryov guilty of "refusing to obey police orders" during an opposition-organised August 12 protest against Moscow's mayor and his handling of a recent heatwave, the Interfax news agency reported.

In late August, Ponomaryov was already sentenced to three days in jail for disobeying police orders during another unauthorised protest in Moscow on August 22, national flag day.

During that protest, he carried a Russian flag with other opposition members along one of Moscow's main thoroughfares.

© 2010 AFP

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