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Activists jailed after Victory Day protest

MOSCOW — Two leading opposition activists said they were sentenced to 15 days each in jail Wednesday after they were arrested along with dozens of others ahead of a tightly policed Victory Day parade.

Protest leader Alexei Navalny and radical left leader Sergei Udaltsov were among those detained at an unsanctioned gathering in a small park near Red Square.

The parade, which commemorates Russia’s 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, was watched by newly inaugurated President Vladimir Putin.

In a Twitter message, Mr. Navalny’s lawyer, Nikolai Polozov, said his client had been give a 15-day sentence for disobedience. Mr. Navalny, himself, tweeted: “Of all my detentions this is the least like disobedience.”


Tymoshenko in hospital after ending hunger strike

KHARKIV — Yulia Tymoshenko ended a nearly three-week hunger strike Wednesday. The imprisoned former prime minister was moved from jail to a hospital for treatment of a severe back condition under the supervision of a German doctor.

The news was likely to allay at least some Western concerns over Tymoshenko’s health and handling in prison.

EU officials and some governments from the 27-nation bloc have vowed to boycott the European Championship soccer tournament, which begins in June and is co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland.

Ukraine had to cancel a regional cooperation summit this weekend after most heads of Central and Eastern European states canceled their visits because of the Tymoshenko case.

Tymoshenko, 51, the country’s top opposition leader, had been on hunger since April 27 to protest alleged abuse. Ukraine’s government has come under intense Western pressure to provide Tymoshenko with suitable medical care.

She was sentenced to seven years in prison on conviction of abuse of office while conducting natural gas import negotiations with Russia in 2009. The West has condemned the verdict as politically motivated.


Female prisoners accuse authorities of sex abuse

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