[russia pussy riot pre-trial detention extended to jan 2013 22072012]

[russia pussy riot pre-trial detention extended to jan 2013 22072012]

„Judges Victor Danilkin + Marina Syrova of Khamovnichesky District Court extends pre-trial detention to Jan. 2013″
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„Khamovnichesky court ruled that the detention of the members of the Pussy Riot punk rock group should be extended for another six months, satisfying a prosecution request. The ruling came on the first day of the womens‘ trial on hooliganism charges for barging into a landmark Moscow church in February. The trio have been held in pre-trial detention since March, and their harsh treatment has become a new rallying cause for the anti-Putin opposition. […]

In February the three women – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina – shocked worshippers by climbing into an area reserved for priests in the Church of Christ the Saviour, the country’s top Orthodox cathedral, and singing the song against Putin.

Several others also took part in the action but they were not arrested. […]

„The regime loves a bit of theatre. The two most prominent trials of the last years have taken place in the same court, in neighbouring rooms,“ the anti-Putin Voina (War) art collective, to which Tolokonnikova is linked, wrote on Twitter.

More than 100 of Russia’s best known actors, directors and musicians last month called for the release of the three women, saying their actions could not be prosecuted as Russia is a secular country.

Wearing trademark balaclavas, Pussy Riot caused a stir early in the year amid an upsurge of public disapproval of Putin by holding impromptu anti-Kremlin concerts at symbolic venues including Red Square. […]“

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