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Pussy Riot protesters cleared of religious hatred charge

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Two women from Russia's Pussy Riot protest group who were jailed for a song deriding President Vladimir Putin were cleared in a Moscow court on Friday of inciting religious hatred.

But the court knocked only one month off their two-year sentences, upholding a charge of hooliganism.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova spent nearly two years in prison after performing a protest song against Putin in Moscow's main cathedral in 2012.

Many in the West criticized the harshness of the sentence, saying it was evidence of a clamp-down on dissent.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/04/us-russia-pussyriot-idUSBREA330O320140404

Love live Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot: “Our government thought that they were going to just break us”

Source: Salon

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot were on “Today” Thursday morning for an interview with Matt Lauer; they discussed their time in prison and how the Russian state’s efforts to repress them only emboldened their activism.

“The first thing I want to say is, I really, sincerely wanted Russia to be free,” Tolokonnikova told Lauer. “This idea we heard about free Russia, it only became stronger in our cells during the two years we were in jail. If our government thought that they were going to just break us down by jailing us, it didn’t work out at all.”

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova are in New York City for Tina Brown’s “Women in the World Summit.”

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2014/04/03/pussy_riot_our_government_thought_that_they_were_going_to_just_break_us/

Long live Pussy Riot, prison for Putin instead
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