Moscow court sentences protest bystander to years in prison

A Moscow court has sentenced a man who claimed to be a bystander at a summer opposition protest to 3 ½ years in prison

MOSCOW -- A Moscow court has sentenced a man who claimed to be a bystander at a summer opposition protest to 3 ½ years in prison.

The court on Monday found Pavel Ustinov guilty of assaulting police during a July 27 protest in Moscow.

Ustinov became the fourth person this month to be convicted and sentenced to prison for assaulting police.

Prosecutors said that a riot policeman dislocated his shoulder while detaining Ustinov. Footage from the scene showed several officers tackling Ustinov as looked at his phone while standing on the sidelines of the protest.