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MOSCOW, May 2 (Itar-Tass) — The magistrate of section # 373, Taganka court, has fined five activists of the Pussy Riot group detained during an illegal protest action, spokeswoman for the Taganka court Ksenia Lyapina told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
"Five persons have been found guilty under Article 20.2, Part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses /"violation of established procedure for assembly, rally march or picket"/, and fined 500 to 700 roubles," Lyapina said.
Activists Igor Tulin, Andrei Gromov and Alexander Orlov have been fined 500 roubles each. Anton Nikolayev and Rafael Israilov were fined 700 roubles each. Lyapina explained that when making a decision on the last two men, the court took into account the fact that they had reoffended.
Cases of administrative offense against eight other persons are to be reviewed on May 4, the spokeswoman said.
The activists carried out an unsanctioned protection action several hours before the hearing at the Taganka court, in support of the participants in the punk group, arrested on charges of hooliganism at the Christ the Savior Church in Moscow.
The opponents to the punk group also gathered at the building of the court. In all, police detained some 30 persons.
On February 21, five masked young women in brightly colored clothes appeared in the Christ the Savior Church, ran onto the ambo before the altar and performed an indecent song for several minutes using the amplifiers they had brought along. They also shouted insults against the clergy and believers, as well as against the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.
They ignored the rebukes by the church attendants and believers, and fled as guards tried to detain them.
Police opened a criminal case under Article 21, Part 2 of Russia’s Criminal Code /hooliganism/ which envisions a penalty of up to seven years.
The young women denied their involvement in the church prank.