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  • Russian Orthodox church forgives Pussy Riot

    Two top clerics in the Russian Orthodox Church said Saturday that it has forgiven the members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot who were convicted of hooliganism and sent to prison for briefly taking over a cathedral in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Vladimir Putin.


  • Activists get 2 years for anti-Putin church stunt

    Three punk rock-style activists who briefly took over a cathedral in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Vladimir Putin were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism on Friday, a decision that drew protests around the world as it highlighted the Russian president's intensifying crackdown on dissent.


  • Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members (from left) Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit Aug. 17, 2012, in a glass cage at a courtroom in Moscow. The women, two of whom have young children, are charged with hooliganism connected to religious hatred but the case is widely seen as a warning that authorities will only tolerate opposition under tightly controlled conditions. The t-shirt worn by Tolokonnikova says, in Spanish, "They shall not pass," a slogan often used to express determination to defend a position against an enemy. (Associated Press)

    Activists get two years for anti-Putin church stunt

    Three punk rock-style activists who briefly took over a cathedral in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Vladimir Putin were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism on Friday, a decision that drew protests around the world as it highlighted the Russian president's intensifying crackdown on dissent.


  • **FILE** Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (right) speaks Feb. 8, 2012, with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during his meeting with Russia's religious leaders in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow. (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Yana Lapikova, Government Press Service)

    In Putin's Russia, little separation between church and state

    The Russian Orthodox Church is enjoying its newfound prestige with the Russian government. But the church's closeness to the government has also made it a target of criticism and protest.


  • Russian prosecutors ask for 3 years in punk case

    Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year sentences for the members of a feminist punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral, ignoring demands by human rights groups that the three women be set free.


  • Prosecutors ask for 3 years for anti-Putin rockers

    Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year prison sentences for feminist punk rockers who gave an impromptu performance in Moscow's main cathedral to call for an end to Vladimir Putin's rule, in a case that has caused international outrage and split Russian society.


  • Yekaterina Samutsevich (left), a member of feminist punk group Pussy Riot, is escorted Aug. 7, 2012, to a courtroom in Moscow. Samutsevich and two other members of the group are facing trial on charges of hooliganism for performing a "punk prayer" at Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin's return to the Russian presidency. (Associated Press)

    Russian prosecutors ask for 3 years in punk case

    Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year sentences for the members of a feminist punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral, ignoring demands by human rights groups that the three women be set free.


  • Prosecutors want 3 years for anti-Putin rockers

    Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year prison sentences for feminist punk rockers who gave an impromptu performance in Moscow's main cathedral to call for an end to Vladimir Putin's rule, in a case that has caused international outrage and split Russian society.


  • A glance at trial of feminist anti-Putin rockers

    Three Russian feminist rockers rejected charges of hooliganism for performing a "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin's return as president as a trial against them opened in earnest on Monday. The charges could carry a punishment of up to seven years in prison.


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