76-year-old Russian activist flees to Ukraine for asylum

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Russian pensioner Vladimir Ionov holds a banner reading "Putin - enemy of Russia" during a demonstration in central Moscow, July 18, 2013.

76-year-old Russian activist flees to Ukraine for asylum


The 76-year-old Vladimir Ionov, a regular lone protester in Moscow, who was under prosecution by the Russian authorities for regularly protesting in public against Putin and Russia’s authoritarian drive, has fled to Ukraine, where he will seek political asylum, writes the Russian Liberal website Grani.ru.

Last month prosecutors requested that Ionov receive a three-year suspended sentence.

Ionov is the first person to face prosecution under strict new Russian legislation that can result in ...


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