Russian Court Jails 77-Year-Old Rights Activist

Posted on December 5, 2018 1:42 pm

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A 77-year old Russian human rights activist was sentenced Wednesday by a Moscow court to 25 days in jail for calling for an unauthorized protest, a ruling that has drawn strong criticism from rights groups. Charges against Lev Ponomarev, a highly respected rights activist, stemmed from a Facebook post in which he called for a protest in October in support of several teenagers accused of extremism in a case widely described as trumped up.  Ponomarev was briefly detained when he attended October’s rally outside Moscow headquarters of the main domestic security agency (FSB). On Tuesday, Moscow’s Tverskoy Court handed him