Russian Band ‘Pussy Riot’ Sentenced To Two Years in Prison For Hooliganism! [DETAILS]

Rucuss staffAugust 17, 2012

A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the Russian rock band Pussy Riot to two years in prison for hooliganism.

The trial sparked a wave of protests around the world in support of the feminist rockers who were sentenced on Friday. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich stood in handcuffs in a glass cage in the courtroom when Judge Marina Syrova read the verdict.

Syrova said the three band members “committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred” and offended religious believers. She rejected the women’s arguments that they were protesting the Orthodox Church’s support for Putin and didn’t want to hurt the feelings of believers.

The three band members were arrested in March after a surprise performance at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedra. The women were high-kicking and dancing while singing a ‘punk prayer’ pleading the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin, who was elected to a third new term as Russia’s president two weeks later.

The charges carried a maximum penalty of seven years in prison. Paul McCartney, Madonna and Bjork have publicly been supportive and have demanded that the women be released. They have been in jail since March.

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