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Pussy Riot women face two years in prison

Russian police have rounded up pro-Pussy Riot protesters, including former world chess champion Garry Kasparov after the feminist punk band was found guilty of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison in one of the most closely watched cases in recent Russian history.

Hundreds of Pussy Riot supporters had filled a narrow street outside the court where the verdict was delivered, chanting "Russia without Putin!" amid heavy police presence.

The three women were found guilty of hooliganism driven by religious hatred.

They were arrested in March after a guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral calling for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia against Vladimir Putin, who was elected to a new term as Russia's president a few days later. The judge said their actions displayed a "clear disrespect toward society".

The case has attracted international attention as a symbol of the Putin regime’s increasing intolerance of opposition.

Click to watch an earlier video about the Pussy Riot trial.

 

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