Russian Defense Ministry surprised over German MPs reaction to Reichstag miniature plansRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 16:32
Iraq's PM orders airstrikes on IS positions in SyriaWorld February 24, 16:09
Nord Stream 2 financing model to be ready by year end - OMVBusiness & Economy February 24, 13:44
Churkin left bright mark in history of Russian diplomacy, Lavrov saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 12:20
Cargo spacecraft docks ISS in automatic modeScience & Space February 24, 11:58
Belarus to present to European Commission report on NPP stress tests' results - ministryBusiness & Economy February 24, 11:36
Funeral ceremony for UN Ambassador Vitaly ChurkinRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 10:35
Moscow appoints acting permanent representative to UN after Vitaly Churkin’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 8:25
Pentagon wants more senior-level talks with Russia on security of flights in Syria — mediaWorld February 24, 8:15
MOSCOW, August 9 (Itar-Tass) — Moscow's Khamovniki court said it will broadcast, on August 17, the verdict reading at the trial of three Pussy Riot punk group activists, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, accused of hooliganism at the Christ the Savior Church earlier this year, the court's press secretary, Darya Lyakh, told Itar-Tass.
"The broadcast will be available on the court's website, with the view of providing complete access to online information," Lyakh said.
The court will allocate another hall to accommodate all journalists wishing to cover the trial. "Unlike the main hall, journalists will be able to sit when hearing the verdict, without having to stand as required by law," the spokeswoman noted.
On February 21, five masked young women in brightly colored clothes appeared in the Christ the Savior Church, ran onto the ambon 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.
Pussy Riot later claimed responsibility for the action. The group is notorious for similar actions such as the one in Red Square. The punk group placed on Live Journal a video report of the church prank.