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Image caption President Putin has been criticised of stifling the opposition - a claim he denies. A court in Russia has sentenced a man to 28 days in jail for creating a fake gravestone of President Vladimir Putin. Activist Karim Yamadayev was sentenced on Tuesday in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny for a repeat violation of the law on holding public events. He said he was protesting against a bill on Russia's "sovereign internet", saying it threatened freedom of speech. On Wednesday, Russia passed two bills penalising disrespect of authorities and the spreading of fake news. The first ban refers to "blatant disrespect" of the state, its officials and Russian society, and repeat offenders face up to 15 days in jail. Full story

13 March