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Pussy Riot sentenced
After being found guilty of hooliganism "driven by religious hatred" Friday morning, the three young members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot were each sentenced to two years in prison by a Moscow judge. The women ¿ Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich ¿ were charged with hooliganism after performing an unapproved, impromptu set at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow in February. The women had argued that they were taking a stand against the Russian Orthodox Church's support for Vladimir Putin and were not seeking to offend religious believers. Their plight has galvanized a diverse list of pop stars, human rights advocates and political leaders from around the world who view the imprisonment of the band as a shocking example of Kremlin repression.
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August 17, 2012