Russian activist Ildar Dadin jail term quashed
Feb.22, Moscow: Russia's Supreme Court has ordered the release of opposition activist Ildar Dadin, who was the first person to be convicted under new laws on protests, reports said.
The court said the criminal case against him should be dismissed and he had a "right to rehabilitation", according to Russian media report. He was jailed in December 2015, has been serving two-and-a-half years for a series of protests.
He was originally jailed for three years - though the sentence was later reduced - for a series of peaceful protests, which often involved standing silently in the street with a sign.
Last November he said he was tortured in prison in north-west Russia.
The authorities denied the claims, but transferred him to another prison.
Wednesday's court ruling came after Russia's constitutional court earlier this month concluded that Mr Dadin's case needed to be reviewed.
Mr Dadin was convicted under a new law - Article 212.1 - which made repeated violations of Russia's strict protest rules a crime.
The Oslo Times International News Network