Sentences of ‘extremist’ group that planned armed takeover of Russia slashed weeks after Putin intervenes on human rights grounds

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Four men at the center of a plot to overthrow the Russian government by force have had their sentences reduced by a Moscow court on Tuesday. All but one are currently serving a long term in a penal colony for their involvement.

The group, which went by the name ‘New Greatness’, was labeled by prosecutors as an extremist cell. However, during a widely publicized trial last year, the defendants insisted they had been encouraged to set it up by undercover operatives from the police and Russia’s top security agency, the FSB.

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