Russia hands anti-Kremlin activist suspended sentence under 'undesirables' law - RIA

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MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) - A Russian court handed Anastasia Shevchenko, an anti-Kremlin activist, a suspended four-year sentence on Thursday after finding her guilty of carrying out activities on behalf of an "undesirable" group, the RIA news agency reported.

Shevchenko, 41, a mother of two in southern Russia's Rostov-on-Don, was put under house arrest in early 2019 in what her supporters say is a politically motivated action to stop her activism and punish her for showing dissent publicly. read more

She is accused of carrying out activities on behalf of Open Russia, a British-based group founded by exiled former oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. It is one of more than 30 groups that Russia has labelled as undesirable.

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Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; writing by Tom Balmforth; ; editing by John Stonestreet

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