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Moscow protesters sent to prison for using force on police

September 4, 2019
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In this photo taken on Saturday, July 27, 2019, member of protester's group "Bessrochka" Olga Misik sits in front police officers during an unsanctioned rally in the center of Moscow, Russia. Bessrochka's best-known member 17-year-old Olga Misik is currently under arrest. (Alexei Abanin via AP)
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In this photo taken on Saturday, July 27, 2019, member of protester's group "Bessrochka" Olga Misik sits in front police officers during an unsanctioned rally in the center of Moscow, Russia. Bessrochka's best-known member 17-year-old Olga Misik is currently under arrest. (Alexei Abanin via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has convicted two people of using force on police at a July 27 protest rally and given them multi-year prison sentences.

The court ruled on Wednesday that 28-year-old Kirill Zhukov used illegal force by pulling up a riot police officer’s visor. Zhukov received a three-year prison term.

Another judge gave 48-year-old Yevgeny Kovalenko 3 ½ years for pushing one officer and throwing a garbage can at another.

The protest was over Russian election officials disqualifying a dozen opposition and independent Moscow city council candidates. Government critics have said protesters being put on trial as an attempt to intimidate opposition supporters.

Investigators on Tuesday dropped rioting charges against five people but four others are still under investigation.

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