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Moscow's top court rejects Pussy Riot appeal

MOSCOW (AP) -- Moscow's highest court has rejected an appeal by punk group Pussy Riot against their sentence for a protest against Vladimir Putin.

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Moscow City Court chair Olga Yegorova said Wednesday that she had upheld the group's conviction last year for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and denied the case was politically motivated, Russian news agencies reported.

Pussy Riot lawyer Irina Khrunova told The Associated Press she would appeal to the Supreme Court of Russia.

Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich scandalized Russia after performing an impromptu protest in Moscow's main cathedral. A Moscow court jailed all three, but Samutsevich was later released on appeal.

Alekhina went on hunger strike last week to protest what she calls an official harassment campaign against her in prison. Courts recently denied her and Tolokonnikova parole.

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May 30, 2013 4:12AM
Almost, not much difference from the Lauryn Hill saga.....But they use "Un-Paid Taxes".
May 30, 2013 4:11AM
May 29, 2013 10:42AM
Yup...war on women continues...choices that they can make on our OWN bodies is being taken away, we ar raped in our homes, in our streets and at our work, we are harrassed and killed by insane men who are nothing but sick cowards...and NOW imprisoned for simply speaking your girls to be strong, your sons to RESPECT women and women: Stand up for your rights....this world is sick. Be kind and be tolerant people...peace
May 29, 2013 10:30AM
May 29, 2013 10:29AM
Putin is such a jerk, he jacked the election, and is on a power trip.  HE NEEDS TO GO! the people of Russia need to REVOLT!
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