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Case of punk band accused of hooliganism in Russia’s main orthodox cathedral sent to court

July 12, 2012, 16:45 UTC+3

Three members of the Pussy Riot punk-rock group are facing up to 7 years in prison for staging a ‘punk prayer’ performance inside the Christ the Savior Cathedral

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Moscow prosecutor’s office refers the case against young women from the Pussy Riot punk rock group to court.Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina are facing up to 7 years behind bars.On February 21, several Pussy Riot members staged so-called ‘punk prayer’ performance inside Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. They yelled the song criticizing the Church and the government. A criminal case was opened in March and three members of the group were arrested.The Pussy Riot case drew a wide public response. In June, over a hundred of prominent Russian intellectuals signed an open letter to support the members of the band, arguing they should bear responsibility under administrative law.

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