Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pussy Riot judge gets Russian state protection

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday put the Pussy Riot trial judge under protection ahead of the delivery of her verdict as ex-Beatle Paul McCartney joined the chorus of support for the jailed punk rockers.

A spokeswoman for the Khamovnichesky District Court said Thursday the judge Marina Syrova had been placed under state protection after receiving threats from the band's supporters.

"The threats have come from supporters of the band's members," court spokeswoman told AFP.
Syrova is presiding over the highly-publicised trial of the young female punk rockers, who face three years in prison for staging a protest stunt against President Vladimir Putin inside a landmark Moscow church.

Syrova will begin reading her verdict on Friday at 1100 GMT. Read More