Putin sends a message? Opposition leaders get prison for staging riots (+video)

Human rights advocates say Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, each of whom were sentenced Thursday to 4-1/2 years in prison, were railroaded by Russian authorities to deter civil activism.

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Human rights activists in Russia say that the convictions of two leftist leaders, Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, are a clear signal that nothing is changing for the better in Vladimir Putin's Russia.