MOSCOW — A Moscow court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a leading Russian opposition figure against the 15-day prison sentence he received for failing to obey police.
The decision by the Moscow City Court, the capital’s highest municipal court, came a day after Ilya Yashin’s conviction.
Yashin, who has publicly criticized Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, was arrested Monday night in a Moscow park. Police said he grabbed an officer by his uniform and insulted the police, which Yashin denied.
In May, Yashin was ordered to pay 90,000 rubles ($1,700) for discrediting the Russian military.
Russia has clamped down on criticism of its “special military operation” in Ukraine. A well-known dissident, Vladimir Kara-Murza, was arrested in April and remains imprisoned pending trial for spreading false information about the military. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years.