Moscow court jails vote protest leader Yashin for 15 days

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A Moscow court on Tuesday handed down a 15-day jail sentence to one of the leaders of a large protest staged against the outcome of Russia's legislative elections, Interfax reported.

The court found Ilya Yashin, a top member of the Solidarity opposition group, guilty of disobeying police orders during Monday's demonstration, the news agency said.

Organisers said up 10,000 people had joined their police-sanctioned demonstration on a central Moscow square, although police said 2,000 had attended.

Police reported making more than 300 arrests after the group then began moving toward various government buildings in violation of police orders.

An arresting officer told the court that Yashin was one of several people shouting political slogans and trying to block traffic during the unsanctioned march.

"We invited Yashin to get in the police van and he refused, so we accompanied him inside by hand," Interfax quoted the unidentified police officer as telling the court.

© 2011 AFP

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