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Wife of Russian opposition activist gets jail

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Aug. 28, 2012 12:52
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Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, a leading opposition activist, speaks from a police vehicle after having been detained by police outside the court where a trial of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot is held, in Moscow, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.
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A Russian opposition activist says his wife has been sentenced to eight years in prison on drug charges.

Taisiya Osipova was arrested in 2010 after police said four grams of heroin were found in her home. Osipova, the mother of a six-year-old daughter, claims that police planted drugs in revenge for her refusal to testify against her husband, Sergei Fomchenkov, an activist with The Other Russia movement.

Fomchenkov reported the verdict on his Twitter account Friday. The court in Smolensk was not available to confirm the verdict.

A witness for the defense testified that he saw a police officer plant the drugs in Osipova's apartment.

Osipova was one of the most prominent names on a list of people activists described as political prisoners submitted to then-President Dmitry Medvedev in February.

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