Three young Russian men were sentenced from 10 to 15 days in prison on Monday for taking part in anti-Vladimir Putin acts on the Russian president's birthday, a local court said, reports AFP.
The Dzerzhinskiy court in St. Petersburg said it sentenced Andrei Graf to 15 days 'imprisonment, Ivan Robtsov and Flad Ivancho to 10 days' imprisonment for violating the rules governing the demonstrations.
On October 7, when Putin celebrated his 66th birthday, a small group of activists, including the three convicted youths, demonstrated in the city center of the president's hometown with a large banner reading "We wish you many years in prison."
Another group on a bridge in the former Tsarist capital has posted a banner reading "St. Petersburg against Putin," according to pictures posted by activists on the Internet.
A large number of people were arrested on Sunday after these moves, but most of them were quickly released.