Russian prosecutors call to drop prison term for actor over protests

2019-09-19 21:00
People queue to attend a protest in support of Russian actor Pavel Ustinov next to the Russian Presidential administration in central Moscow. (Dmitar Dilkoff, AFP)

People queue to attend a protest in support of Russian actor Pavel Ustinov next to the Russian Presidential administration in central Moscow. (Dmitar Dilkoff, AFP)

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Russian prosecutors on Thursday asked a court to drop a prison sentence for actor Pavel Ustinov whose jailing has prompted protests and a star-studded solidarity campaign following opposition demonstrations.

"The Russian General Prosecutor's Office is asking for a change to the verdict of Moscow's Tverskoi district with regards to Ustinov and to impose on him a penalty which is not related to the actual imprisonment," a statement said.

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