Russia seeks eight-year jail terms for opposition activists

Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded eight-year jail terms for radical opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov and a fellow activist on charges of organising mass riots to destabilise Vladimir Putin`s rule.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 07, 2014, 16:15 PM IST

Moscow: Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded eight-year jail terms for radical opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov and a fellow activist on charges of organising mass riots to destabilise Vladimir Putin`s rule.

Udaltsov`s lawyer Violetta Volkova said prosecutors were seeking eight-year jail terms for him as well as co-defendant Leonid Razvozzhayev. "Eight years for each," she said on Twitter.

"The prosecutors demanded eight years for each for organising mass riots, (and) preparing mass riots," Razvozzhayev`s lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky told AFP.

The high-profile case stems from protests involving tens of thousands of demonstrators that broke out in Moscow on the eve of Putin`s inauguration to a third Kremlin term in May 2012.
The unrest led to hundreds of arrests and a crackdown on the youth-driven anti-Putin movement that emerged in response to tainted December 2011 parliamentary elections won narrowly by the ruling party.