Pussy Riot Girls Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
Three punk rockers are going to prison for two years because they criticized Putin
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After a Russian court found them guilty of "hooliganism," the three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot have been sentenced by a Russian judge to two years in a Russian prison. Sitting in a cage in the courtroom, the three - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - have remained defiant to the end. They have been in jail since February, 2012, as they awaited trial.
Russian justice, according to the judge
Pronouncing sentence, the judge said the defendants "committed an act of hooliganism...based on motives of religious hatred and enmity...Members of the group Pussy Riot criminally colluded to commit a flagrant violation of social order, expressing manifest disrespect to society."
Because the group performed their song, Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Out, in Christ the Savior Cathedral, the judge said they committed an act of religious hatred, but the band members said that their song was not anti-religion, it was an act of political protest.
All over the world, the band has received support and many have protested, viewing the trial as a crackdown on dissent in Putin's Russia.
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