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Judge bans Russian punk band clips from Internet


A judge in Russia has ordered websites in the country to remove videos featuring female punk band Pussy Riot from their online content.

Three members of the group were jailed for two years in August after being found guilty of hooliganism for performing a protest song against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church. A clip of the rebellious act, and several others featuring the band, have appeared on video-sharing websites around the world, but now a court in Moscow has banned the footage from appearing online in Russia.

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Judge Marina Musimovich said the video "has elements of extremism, in particular there are words and actions which humiliate various social groups based on their religion." Owners who do not comply with the order could have their websites blocked in the country.

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were jailed in August over the stunt. Samutsevich was later freed on appeal, but Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are serving out their sentences at remote labor camps in the former Soviet Union.

Nov 29, 2012 8:19PM
Nov 29, 2012 7:22PM
The band's name will cause people to think.
Nov 29, 2012 7:11PM
Wow, as an old fart who grew up in the cold war I never thought I'd ever be bytching about the lack of separation of church and state in Russia. Pussy Riot is a talented and pertinent band and I really hope they'll have the chance to totally fulfill their goals when this is over. As for the judgement, well, they did trespass onto peoples' property to offend them and that's not nice. The penalty is extremely excessiveA few days in the clink and a fine are more appropriate.
Nov 29, 2012 8:39AM
Music being banned in a Communist Dictatorship?, how absurd. I listened to PRs' music and it was quite funny. Imagine it could cause people to think, but obviously, they don't allow that in Russia. 
Nov 29, 2012 8:37AM
Music being banned in a Communist Dictatorship?, how absurd. I listened to PR's music and it was quite funny and not offensive. In fact it cause people to think, but obviously they don't allow that in Russia.
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