Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Found Guilty of Hooliganism, Sentenced To Two-Year Jail Term

Three members of Pussy Riot — a Russian punk band and feminist collective that mocked Russian president Vladamir Putin during a “punk prayer” in a Moscow cathedral–have been found guilty of  hooliganism and sentenced to two years in jail
Judge Marina Syrova announced the verdict from a district court in central Moscow, about two miles from the Christ the Saviour Cathedral where the guerrilla group performed its “flash” stunt, singing “Holy Mother, send Putin packing!”
The band members–Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30–were arrested on March 3, several weeks after the performance, and charged with “hooliganism.” They’ve been in jail ever since.
Their trial drew enormous international interest, sparking catcalls from international free-speech advocates and spawning dozens of protests.
Madonna, Bjork, Paul McCartney and Courtney Love were among a long list of musicians to come out in support of Pussy Riot, calling on the Russian government to set the band members free. Last week in Berlin, more than 400 people joined a protest led by electro-singer Peaches.

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