Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pussy Riot: Russia prosecutors seek three years' jail

Russian prosecutors have asked for three years' prison for three women musicians accused of inciting religious hatred during a protest in a cathedral.

The three members of the punk band Pussy Riot played a song attacking Russian leader Vladimir Putin in front of an altar on 21 February.

A prosecutor said they had "set themselves up against the Orthodox Christian world".

Supporters of the women have condemned the case as disproportionate.

Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, could have faced a maximum sentence of seven years.

They sought to justify their performance of the "punk prayer" by saying it was a reaction to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, publicly backing Mr Putin in elections. Read More