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Jailed Kremlin critic Ildar Dadin's jail term quashed

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Jailed Kremlin critic Ildar Dadin's jail term quashed

Russia’s supreme court has overturned the conviction of jailed opposition activist Ildar Dadin and ordered his release.

The 34-year-old was sentenced to three years in prison – reduced to two and half years on appeal – in 2015 for breaking strict new laws banning demonstrations.

Dadin was jailed for a series of peaceful one-man protests against the Kremlin.

Last month, more than 40 activists were arrested in Moscow after they held a rally calling for his release. The protest came after Dadin said he had been subject to beatings by guards while in prison in north-west Russia.

Authorities refuted the activist’s torture claims, though later moved him to another jail.

Wednesday judgement came after Russia’s Constitutional Court ordered a review of Dadin’s conviction earlier this month, arguing the law criminalising certain types of protest had to be applied more proportionately.