Man jailed for insulting Russian flag in court

Moscow, April 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A man accused of insulting the Russian flag in a court has been sentenced to a year and three months in jail, prosecutors said Friday.

Andrei Stupnikov, 28, from Kirov region, “removed the tricolour national flag from a flagpole and threw it outside from a window”, the court said.

The incident occurred Dec 1, 2012, when Stupnikov attended a court session “while drunk”.

He insulted the national flag “due to his personal hostile attitude to Russian justice” after the judge made a decision which Stupnikov said was “unjustified”.

Given the fact that Stupnikov, a repeated offender, committed the crime shortly after being released from jail and had already received multiple administrative penalties, “the court decided to impose imprisonment as punishment for him”, a statement said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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