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Judge bans Russian punk band clips from Internet
Nov. 29, 2012, 9:51 AM EST
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
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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.