Russia

3:39am

Mon August 27, 2012
Europe

Group Announces 2 Pussy Riot Members Flee Russia

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In Russia, three members of a feminist punk band are preparing to appeal their two-year prison sentences. The young women were convicted 10 days ago of hooliganism after staging a protest in Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral. The group, Pussy Riot, also announced on Twitter yesterday that two other members who took part in that protest have fled the country to avoid being arrested. The tweet came after police said they were still searching for the activists, who are part of a broader opposition to Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

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8:19am

Sun August 19, 2012
World

Joining WTO, Russian Aims For Brighter Future

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 4:16 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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3:15pm

Fri August 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Moscow Court Upholds 100-Year Ban On Gay Pride Events

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 3:22 pm

Russian police officers detain a gay rights activist with his flag during an attempt to hold a gay pride parade in Moscow in May.
Mikhail Metzel AP

Aside from the sentencing of the punk rock band Pussy Riot, there was another interesting ruling out of Moscow today: A court upheld the city's 100-year ban on gay pride events.

According to the BBC, Nikolay Alexeye, Russia's most prominent gay rights activist, challenged the city council's decision to ban any events that could be considered "gay parades" from March 2012 until May 2112.

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12:13pm

Fri August 17, 2012
The Record

'We Are Not Guilty; The Whole World Says So'

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:23 pm

A supporter of feminist punk band Pussy Riot wearing the group's trademark colored balaclava waves a flag on a balcony in Moscow on Friday.
Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

4:57am

Fri August 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Two-Year Prison Terms For Russia's Pussy Riot Rockers

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 10:19 am

Members of the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right), Maria Alyokhina (center) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (left) in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow earlier today.
Andrey Smirnov AFP/Getty Images

A Russian judge today found three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism connected to "religious hatred."

Word of the verdict came just before 7:30 a.m ET. Just before 10 a.m. ET, the judge announced that each woman was sentenced to serve two years in jail — the minimum that could be imposed.

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