For blocking traffic in Moscow at four unsanctioned protests, court sentences activist to 3 years in prison
Opposition activist Ildar Dadin has been sentenced to three years in prison for repeatedly violating Russia's law on public demonstrations, though prosecutors had only asked for a sentence of two years. Dadin refused to confess to any crimes.
According to the news agency TASS, Dadin was convicted of participating in four different unsanctioned protests between August and December in 2014, when he and several supporters blocked traffic for a few minutes in downtown Moscow.
Outside the courthouse, law enforcement officials forcibly detained several of Dadin's supporters, assembled to show solidarity, as he heads to prison.
In the summer of 2014, Russia enacted a new law creating criminal liability for repeated violations of statutes on public assemblies. More than a year later, by December 2015, there are another three known criminal cases brought against individuals on these grounds, in addition to the charges against Dadin.