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Verdict in Pussy Riot trial on 17 August, accused could get three years
The trial of the female punk band charged with hooliganism and religious hatred for singing in church against Putin has divided Russian public opinion. Abroad, the group has instead received the solidarity of the world's musicians and political leaders.
Moscow court bans online Pussy Riot videos
Court ruling follows prosecutor's request. Experts who looked at the punk prayer in Moscow cathedral say it contains appeals to religious hatred. The Orthodox Church welcomes the ban on the band.
Anti-Putin punk band divides Orthodox community
Pussy Riot improvised an irreverent performance inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Now face up to 7 years in prison, after the head of the Patriarchate had called for severe punishment. Some of the faithful call for their release.
Pussy Riot case, Muslims invoke spiritual courts
Other faiths are united in the orthodox condemnation of the exhibition punk girl group in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Catholics invite dialogue and to avoid repression. On the street people ask why the Patriarch Kirill does not show forgiveness to the two arrested girls.
Blasphemy law, Putin postpones adopting the legislation until spring
In this way, according to the Russian press, the authorities want to involve public opinion to a greater extent and avoid conflicts on a very sensitive issue in the country. The text provides for up to five years in prison for desecrating a place of worship.
As the Orthodox (belatedly) forgives Pussy Riot, Russians want to put affair behind them
Russians are fed up with the "excessive" attention given to the affair, which has even changed their speaking habits. Putin critics are tired and ashamed by the whole thing, which has discredited the country abroad. About 79 per cent are aware of the affair; for more than a third, the band broke moral rules.
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