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Student vlogger sentenced

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court today handed a suspended sentence to a student vlogger on charges of inciting protests.

Yegor Zhukov, 21, was arrested in August on accusations of making extremist calls on his YouTube vlog. He is among several dozen people who faced charges for their role in the past summer’s protests in Moscow.

Moscow’s Kuntsevo District Court gave Zhukov a three-year suspended sentence and banned him from administering websites for two years.

A series of protests in Moscow were sparked by the authorities’ refusal to register a dozen opposition and independent candidates for September’s city council vote. They attracted crowds of up to 60,000, the largest show of discontent against President Vladimir Putin’s rule in seven years.

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