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Members of Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, found guilty of hooliganism

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Brogan Driscoll
WVoN co-editor 

UPDATE: Pussy Riot have been given two years in prison, to start from the begining of their custody (March 2012).

Three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.

The trio were arrested after they performed a song  in one of Moscow’s biggest cathedrals to protest against the policies of Russian president Putin and the church’s part in supporting his regime (see WVoN coverage).

Wearing colourful balaclavas the group performed their single Punk Prayer , which calls on the Virgin Mary to “throw Putin out”.

Judge Syrova said that the women were wearing “inappropriate clothes for a church” and claimed they shouted “blasphemous and sacrilegious words hurtful to believers”.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, have been in custody since their arrest in March.

The trial has gripped the international community, with people from Madonna to Paul McCartney calling for the release of the three women (see WVoN story).

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