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Pussy Riot Found Guilty, Sentenced to Two Years


All three women have been sentenced to two years in prison, starting from the date of arrest in March. Shouts of “shame! shame!” could be heard in the courtroom.

The three long-detained members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” following a five-month case in Moscow that had become both controversial and inspiring around the world.

A number of people have been arrested outside of the courtroom, including chess champion-turned-political activist Garry Kasparov, according to the Guardian, who are live-blogging the verdict.

Pussy Riot were jailed in March on grounds of “hooliganism,” after a February 21 flash-performance at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, wherein the group shouted an anti-Putin “punk prayer”.

Amnesty International declared Pussy Riot “prisoners of conscience” and noted they faced the danger of being sent to labor camps where they would be at risk of physical and sexual abuse.

Watch Pussy Riot’s performance at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral:

(via pitchfork)