Friday, July 20, 2012

Pussy Riot to remain in custody, Russia

A Russian court has ruled that three members of a punk band arrested after singing a protest song in Moscow's main Orthodox church will remain in custody.

The trio, part of a band called Pussy Riot, will now stay in pre-trial detention for a further six months, until 12 January 2013.

They are charged with hooliganism and could get seven years in prison.

The hearing is being held behind closed doors while supporters and opponents of Pussy Riot demonstrate outside.

Court spokeswoman Darya Lyakh said the next hearing in the trial would take place next week, on 23 July, when, according to Interfax, the court would name a date for the case to be heard.

The women were arrested in February after performing in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, shocking worshippers. Read More