A US pastor, coming from South Carolina, has been sentenced to jail for more than three years by a Moscow court, for illegally importing hunting rifle amunition into Russia.
Phillip Miles was arrested on 3 February at the home of a friend, in the Urals city of Perm. His sentence, three years and two months, takes account of the time pastor Miles has already spent in custody.
He said he had brought the bullets to Russia as a gift for a friend, a fellow pastor. While his lawyer is planning an appeal, pastor Miles described the sentence as “severe”.