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Pussy Riot punk rock singers sentenced to 2 year jail sentences for 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity'

Pussy Riot punk rock singers sentenced to 2 year jail sentences for 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity'

A Moscow court has sentenced three members of Pussy Riot to two years in prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity.  The punk rock members stormed the altar of the Russian Orthodox Church's Christ the Savior Cathedral in February and sang an anti-Putin punk prayer which included the line, "Virgin Mary, drive Putin away."  They were only there for about a minute, but believers were offended.

About 60 people rallying around the court for and against Pussy Riot were detained by police, Russia Today reports (see video embedded below).

Admitted into evidence by the prosecution was data from computers which the prosecution said backed up its allegation that the singers were "motivated by a hatred of the Russian Orthodox Church."


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