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Sochi critic sentenced to three years in prison colony


A prominent Russian environmentalist and outspoken critic of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi was sentenced to three years in a prison colony this week, sparking outrage from human rights activists. The activist, Yevgeny Vitishko, has been ordered to serve time in a penal colony for violating the terms of a suspended sentence handed down in 2012. He and his colleagues from the Environmental Watch of the North Caucasus were planning to present their findings at a news conference in Sochi ahead of last weeks opening ceremony. The case against Vitishko has been politically motivated from the start, said Yulia Gorbunova, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement Thursday.

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