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Sochi environmental activist sentenced to 3 years in jail for protesting Olympic construction
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:23 AM EST
A prominent Russian environmental activist who has reported on the environmental fallout from construction for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has been sentenced to three years in prison.
The group Vitishko works for, the Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus, said a Russian court on Friday upheld prosecutors' demand to turn his suspended sentence into a prison term. He has 10 days to appeal.
The Associated Press reported this week about activists and journalists being harassed in Sochi for their critical coverage of the preparations for the Games. They have been detained, slapped with bogus charges and face heavy police scrutiny.