Russian Actor Sentenced to 3.5 Years On Charges of Hurting Policeman

September 17, 2019 05:22 AM
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A court in Moscow sentenced Russian actor Pavel Ustinov to 3.5 years in prison on Monday on charges of using violence against a policeman during an unauthorized protest last month. Ustinov denies the charges and says he was not demonstrating. The sentence was the latest in a series of harsh punishments for protesters arrested during unsanctioned rallies. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports the harsh punishments for protesters are raising international concern.