Embassy Row: Diplomatic fallout

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They have been in custody since they were arrested in February after performing the anti-Putin stunt in a Moscow church. The case has split Russians, with many supporting the women as part of a growing reaction against Mr. Putin. Others say they were disrespectful of the Russian Orthodox Church.

A verdict is expected this week.

Pop stars like Madonna, Pete Townshend of The Who and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys have rallied to their defense.

The protest from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday will feature local talent, including the bands Brenda, Mobius Strip and Sad Bones. They will play outside the embassy at 2650 Wisconsin Ave. NE.

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James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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