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Pussy Riot Appeals Jail Sentence

Pussy Riot Appeals Jail Sentence

Nearly two weeks ago, three members of Pussy Riot were handed two-year prison sentences for "hooliganism" in a Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Now the trio are appealing their conviction, and their lawyer Violetta Volkova says a decision is expected within ten days. Yekaterina Samutsevich, one of the convicted members, said through her lawyer, "Our verdict shows just how scared Putin's regime is of anyone who can undermine its legitimacy."

Meanwhile, as Russian police continue to hunt for more members of the amorphous band, two supposed Pussy Riot bandmates have fled the country. The Orthodox Church has also condemned Pussy Riot supporters for chopping down wooden crosses across Russia and Ukraine in acts of solidarity with the band. Pussy Riot were originally arrested in a church protesting the reelection of president Validimir Putin. [Billboard/Rolling Stone]

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