A Russian opposition activist has been jailed for eight years for drug dealing. The sentence is twice as long as prosecutors had demanded, leading to claims that the case is politically motivated.
Taisiya Osapova, a member of the ‘Other Russia’ party, was arrested after police found nine grams of heroin in her house in Smolensk in 2010.
Her defence lawyers claim the police planted the drugs on her and her supporters say Tuesday’s sentence is part of a clampdown on dissent by the government.
This latest hearing was a retrial after a 10-year term Osapova was given last year was deemed too severe by the then president Dmitry Medvedev.
Her husband Sergei Fomchenkov, the leader of ‘Other Russia’, said the authorities are taking revenge on his wife, and that she will appeal against the sentence.
Critics of the sentence have drawn similarities with the Pussy Riot case.