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Russia court jails Pussy Riot protest singers for 2 years

Published on Aug 17, 2012 10:31 PM
 
A supporter of Russian band Pussy Riot holds a poster reading Free Pussy Riot on Aug17, 2012 in Hamburg, northern Germany. A Moscow court on Friday sentenced three female members of the Pussy Riot band to two years in prison for staging a "punk prayer" protest against President Vladimir Putin in Russia's main church. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - A Moscow court on Friday sentenced three female members of the Pussy Riot band to two years in prison for staging a "punk prayer" protest against President Vladimir Putin in Russia's main church.

Judge Marina Syrova delivered her sentence after finding Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for their Feb 21 performance.