Free Pussy Riot

All three women have been sentenced to two years in prison, starting from the date of arrest in March. Shouts of “shame! shame!” could be heard in the courtroom.

The three long-detained members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” following a five-month case in Moscow that had become both controversial and inspiring around the world.

A number of people have been arrested outside of the courtroom, including chess champion-turned-political activist Garry Kasparov, according to the Guardian, who are live-blogging the verdict.

Reuters are streaming the case (which is, of course, in Russian) here. If you’re in Britain, the BBC are sporadically returning to the case, which they’re broadcasting with live English translation.

Pussy Riot were jailed in March on grounds of “hooliganism,” after a February 21 flash-performance at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, wherein the group shouted an anti-Putin “punk prayer”.

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