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Russia’s Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Court Ruling, Frees Prisoner Convicted for Protesting

Criminal conviction and jail time for violating protest regulations can apply only to protesters who pose real threat to other people’s lives or property, the Constitutional Court ruled. Human rights advocates feared that implementation of the Court’s ruling would depend heavily on politics, but in a largely unexpected turn the Supreme Court ordered to release Russia’s first prisoner convicted for protesting, cancelling his sentence