Three members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot face up to seven years in jail for seizing the pulpit of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in mid-February and mocking Vladimir Putin, then a candidate for the Russian presidency.
The three have been imprisoned since March on charges of “hooliganism” and refused bail. Two of them have young children and one says she has been refused medical treatment for migraines.
Russian police arrested several dozen supporters of the band protesting their imprisonment outside a Moscow court. Picketers were also attacked by provokers and religious fundamentalists.
The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, condemned the cathedral demonstration as “blasphemous,” saying, “The devil laughed at us.”
See footage of Pussy Riot’s performance and ejection from the church below. —ARK
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Five members of the feminist band Pussy Riot—clad in brightly colored homemade ski masks and miniskirts—briefly seized the pulpit of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in February and chanted “Mother Mary, drive Putin away.”
Three band members have been in police custody since March and face up to seven years in jail on charges of hooliganism. Their cause — and the harsh response of the Russian Orthodox Church — has provoked a public outcry and criticism of Russia’s largest religious institution.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich will remain in detention until June 24, a Tagansky district court judge decided, after an investigator petitioned to keep them in prison while the police investigation continues.