Police officers detain protesters outside Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow, on February 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV
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Russian police detained hundreds of protesters Monday outside a court that sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years for demonstrations against Vladimir Putin's third presidential inauguration.The Moscow court sentenced the seven defendants to penal colony terms of between two and a half and four years for what the judge ruled to be "mass riots" during the 2012 demonstrations, a high-profile case that has become a symbol of the harsh crackdown on opposition protests since Putin returned to the Kremlin.Lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky called the sentences excessive after his client, Yaroslav Belousov, was sentenced to two and a half years.An eighth defendant, the only woman in the case, was given a suspended sentence of three years and three months.
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