The Russian justice system on Friday bowed to the wave of public indignation unleashed by the sentencing to 3.5 years in prison of actor Pavel Ustinov, charged with injuring a police officer, releasing him pending appeal, which is expected next week.

"Justice has triumphed, said Anatoly Kucherena, one of the actor's attorneys, after learning of the ruling.

"This is a victory of all of us," Tatyana Ustinova, the actor's mother, told reporters.