Ustinov is accused of injuring a police officer when he was arrested at a protest

A Russian court has released an actor from jail after a public backlash led by Moscow’s theatre community turned his case into a cause celebre.

Pavel Ustinov, who was detained at last month’s anti-government protests, still faces three and a half years in prison for allegedly injuring a police officer during his arrest, but analysts expect a judge will suspend the sentence, effectively granting Ustinov parole.

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