Russia: Political prisoner sentenced to seven years

Source: Reuters

“A Russian artist who replaced supermarket price tags with messages calling for an end to Moscow’s war in Ukraine was jailed for seven years on Thursday, a verdict her supporters called a disgraceful mockery of justice. A court in St Petersburg delivered the ruling hours after the artist, 33-year-old Alexandra Skochilenko, had made a final statement to the court, asking the presiding judge to exercise wisdom and compassion and to set her free. Skochilenko, who was found guilty of knowingly spreading false information about the Russian army, was banned from using the internet for the next three years in addition to the seven-year prison term.” (11/16/23)