Russian activist sentenced for plotting to overthrow government

April 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

MOSCOW, April 25 (UPI) -- Russian activist Konstantin Lebedev was sentenced to jail Thursday for participating in a plot to overthrow the Russian government, a Moscow court ruled.

Lebedev, a leader of the Left Front political movement and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, pleaded guilty in court. The charges were brought after a pro-government television channel aired secretly taped footage in 2012 of three people, including Lebedev, discussing a plot to topple the government, the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

The other two people, activists Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, were also charged, and await trial. Each has denied the charges, RIA-Novosti said.

Lebedev was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

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