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Outrage at lengthy sentence for Russian opposition activist

A Russian opposition activist was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison on drug charges, double the sentence requested by prosecutors, in a ruling that drew immediate opposition outrage.

Taisiya Osipova has maintained that police planted four grams of heroin in her home in 2010 in revenge for her refusal to testify against her husband, Sergei Fomchenkov, also an activist with The Other Russia opposition movement.

-- The Associated Press

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