KyivPost

Wife of Russian opposition activist gets jail

Print version
Aug. 28, 2012, 12:52 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

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.
© AP

Associated Press

Associated Press

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.

The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively debate. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. If you think that a posted comment violates these standards, please flag it and alert us. We will take steps to block violators.

KyivPost

© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.