Moscow's Tverskoy District Court (file photo)
The Tverskoy District Court in Moscow has sentenced 25-year-old activist Andrei Klimashev to 5 1/2 years in prison, his lawyer, Maksim Ovchinnikov, said on May 24. Klimashev was accused of using violence against a police officer in January 2021 during rallies in support of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny. According to official information, investigators found that the activist kicked a policeman and sprayed two others with a gas spray. Klimashev was detained in March last year and placed in pretrial detention He will serve his sentence in a general regime colony, authorities said. To read the original story by RFE/Rl's Russian Service, click here .