Belarus jails five anarchists for Russian embassy attack

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Belarus convicted five young anarchists of attacking government buildings and the Russian embassy in Minsk, issuing sentences of up to eight years in prison Friday.

Igor Alinevich, Nikolai Dedok, and Alexander Frantskevich were given jail sentences of eight, four-and-a-half, and three years, respectively, for attacking the Russian embassy with Molotov cocktails last August, rights group Vesna said.

Evgeny Selivonchik and Maksim Vetkin were sentenced with one-and-a-half and four years in detention, respectively. Their sentence was later softened letting them work during the day and pass the night in the penitentiary.

The young men were accused of throwing two Molotov cocktails at the Russian embassy on August 30 last year, igniting a car. They were also behind attacks on a casino, a bank, and the defence ministry building in Minsk, the prosecution said.

The attack was denounced by Moscow and claimed by anarchist group Revolutionary Action.

© 2011 AFP

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