World Cup protesters get 15 days in jail, sports event bans

MOSCOW (AP) Two of the four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail.

The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot punk collective, ran onto the pitch at Luzhniki Stadium dressed as police officers during the second half of Sunday’s match between France and Croatia. They called for the release of political prisoners and for more open political competition.

A court on Monday sentenced Veronika Nikulshina and Olga Kuracheva after finding them guilty of violating the law on behavior of sports events spectators. They were also banned from attending sports events for three years.

It was not immediately clear when the cases of the other two protesters would be decided.

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