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Pussy Riot: the global protest in photos

by | 17th, August 2012

THREE members of Pussy Riot, the Russian grrl band, are in prison. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, have been sentenced to two years choky for staging a “punk prayer” against Vladimir Putin in Moscow Christ the Saviour Cathedral ( see it here ).

Judge Marina Syrova ruled:

“The girls’ actions were sacrilegious, blasphemous and broke the Church’s rules.”

Worldwide protest results. People have been pulling on the band’s trademark colourful balaclavas. Pussy Riot are famous.

Note:  The UK Foreign Office minister, Alistair Burt, said: “I am deeply concerned by the sentencing of three members of the band Pussy Riot, which can only be considered a disproportionate response to an expression of political belief.” That would be the UK ,whdre, as Brendan O’Neill notes, you can be sentenced to two months prison for writing a tweet or talking about a riot on Facebook.

Protestors on Dublins O’Connell Street react to the guilty vertdicts handed down in Moscow  to the Russian Punk rock group Pussy Riot today.    Picture date: Friday August 17, 2012.Photo credit should read: Niall carson/PA Wire

A protester holds a placard at a protest in support of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, whose members face prison for a stunt against President Vladimir Putin, outside Russia’s embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. The three female band members have been in jail for more than five months because of an anti-Putin prank in Moscow’s main cathedral. A judge is due to rule on their case Friday.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, right, Yekaterina Samutsevich, left, and Maria Alekhina, center, members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot seen behind a glass wall at a court in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. The three members who were jailed in March following a guerrilla performance denouncing President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral have unwillingly emerged as vivid ¬ó and very different ¬ó characters. They await a verdict Friday on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Berlin Bees Riot

A member of the Ukrainian feminist group ‘FEMEN’ stands at the base of sawed down cross erected in honor of victims of political repressions, in protest against the Moscow trial of Russian punk group Pussy Riot, in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

A masked demonstrator attends a demonstration in support of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, whose members face prison for a stunt against President Vladimir Putin, outside Russia’s embassy in Berlin, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. The three female band members have been in jail for more than five months because of an anti-Putin prank in Moscow’s main cathedral. A judge is due to rule on their case Friday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Demonstrators hold a banner in support of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot during a protest in Paris Friday Aug. 17, 2012. Three members of Pussy Riot were jailed in March and charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after their punk performance against President Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral. They are awaiting the verdict later Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Protestors on Dublins O’Connell Street react to the guilty vertdicts handed down in Moscow  to the Russian Punk rock group Pussy Riot today.    Picture date: Friday August 17, 2012.Photo credit should read: Niall carson/PA Wire

A masked demonstrator holds a child and shouts slogans in support of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot whose members face prison for a stunt against President Vladimir Putin, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Pussy Riot members, two of whom have young children, are charged with hooliganism connected to religious hatred, but the case is widely seen as a warning that authorities will only tolerate opposition under tightly controlled conditions.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A work by activist Rosita Sweetman is seen as demonstrators take part in a protest in O’Connell Street, Dublin, against the conviction of members of the provocative Russian punk band Pussy Riot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 17, 2012. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Protesters gather outside the Russian embassy in Edinburgh to protest against the conviction of members of the provocative Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Demonstrators talk on a megaphone in support of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot during a protest in front of the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday Aug. 17, 2012. Three members of Pussy Riot were jailed in March and charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after their punk performance against President Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral. Russian court sentences Pussy Riot members to 2 years in prison each. (AP Photo/Polfoto/Liv Hoybye) DENMARK OUT

Police officers detain former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, a leading opposition activist, outside the court where a trial of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot is held, in Moscow, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. A Moscow judge sentenced

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