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Sentence against political prisoner Dadin overturned in Russia
20:08, 22 February 2017
Sentence against political prisoner Dadin overturned in Russia

Dadin became the first person with criminal conviction of repeated violations at rallies

20:08, 22 February 2017

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The Presidium of the Supreme Court of Russian Federation has overturned a conviction against opposition activist Ildar Dadin, who was convicted earlier to three years in prison (reduced to 2.5 years later) for repeated breaches of public assembly rules, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

Such judgement came after Russia’s Constitutional Court ordered a review of Dadin’s conviction earlier this month, arguing the law criminalizing certain types of protest had to be applied more proportionately.

Nicolai Polozov, the lawyer of the opposition activist, has claimed today’s decision a "belated essentiality", but not justice. Investigators, prosecutors and judge must be held accountable, according to his Twitter message.

As it was reported earlier, dozens of people were detained in Moscow during a rally in support of political prisoners near the "Chistyye Prudy" metro station in January. The representative of the "New Opposition" announced the detention of more than 40 people.

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