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Russian riot police clashed with demonstrators amid widespread protests after authorities sentenced an activist to jail on charges of inciting ethnic hatred.

The development comes as thousands of protesters rallied in south-central Russia on Wednesday a day after the sentencing of Fayil Alsynov. He is an indigenous rights activist for the local Bashkir ethnic group.

Russian Police Clash With Protesters

(Photo : SOTA / AFP)(-/SOTA/AFP via Getty Images)Russian riot police clashed with protesters in Baymak following the sentencing of activist Fayil Alsynov that many considered to be unfair.

The massive demonstration took place outside of the courthouse located in Baymak, which is a town with a population of roughly 17,000. The area is found some 2,000 kilometers from Moscow near the Kazakh border. The protest was in defiance of police arrest warnings and a ban on unauthorized street gatherings.

Law enforcement personnel made dozens of arrests as security forces fired tear gas and beat protesters …

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