MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court docket sentenced 23-year-old novice actor Pavel Ustinov to three half of years in jail on Monday for utilizing violence towards a policemean throughout one in a latest sequence of unauthorized protests in Moscow.
Ustinov grew to become the sixth particular person convicted after the demonstrations demanding slew of opposition candidates be allowed to participate within the election, which the authorities have refused to allow.
The court docket dominated that Ustinov was amongst activists who resisted when police detained him throughout an Aug. three rally within the Moscow metropolis centre. It mentioned he injured the policeman by dislocating his shoulder, in line with the decision.
Ustinov denied having taken half within the protest. He mentioned he confirmed up on the rally accidentally and was ready for a good friend close to a metro station when he was approached by police. He additionally denied injuring anybody.
Ustinov’s sister Yulia earlier informed Russian media outlet Meduza that he was not all in favour of politics and himself served as a conscript within the Russian police forces earlier than quitting lower than a 12 months in the past.
Ustinov studied appearing and has performed small roles in Russian movies.
The authorities’ refusal to register opposition candidates on technical grounds triggered the largest sustained protest motion in Russia since 2011-2013, with as much as 60,000 individuals rallying at one level.
Russia’s ruling United Russia occasion, which helps President Vladimir Putin, misplaced a 3rd of its seats within the Moscow metropolis meeting this month in a clumsy setback for the Kremlin, though it retained its majority.
Reporting by Evgenia Novozhenina and Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Enhancing by Mark Heinrich