Russia protests: Moscow couples can keep children – court
Courts in Russia have rejected prosecutors' request to strip two couples of parental rights after they took their children to protest rallies.
Instead, Dmitry and Olga Prokazov, and Petr and Elena Khomskikh were warned.
The prosecutors argued that the two couples had endangered their children's life by bringing them to recent protests in the capital Moscow.
The move had caused outrage in Russia, were a number of people face jail terms for taking part in the rallies.
The rallies – some of them unauthorised – have been held regularly since July against the exclusion of most opposition candidates in Moscow's Duma (city parliament) elections scheduled for 8 September.
Thousands of people have been detained, and riot police have been accused of brutal crackdown on demonstrators.
What about the courts' rulings?
On Monday, the verdicts were issued by Moscow courts in what were two separate cases.
Both the Khomskikh and the Prokazov couples received a formal warning.
The courts also said they may still lose custody of their children if they went anywhere near opposition protests.
Defence lawyers for the each of the two families said they would appeal against the rulings.
What were the prosecutors' arguments?
In the high-profile Prokazov case, the prosecutors had argued that during an unauthorised rally on 27 July "the parents handed their young child, who was in a helpless state due to his age, to a third person thus endangering the boy's health and life".
"And so by exploiting the child, the parents abused their parental rights to the detriment of their son's interests," the prosecutors said in a statement last month.
They also said the child's father had temporary residence in Moscow and therefore did not have a vote in the elections.
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