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Russian court refuses to free women held over anti-Putin song

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Russian court refuses to free women held over anti-Putin song

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A court in Moscow has refused to release three members of a punk band, who are being held over the performance of a protest song in a cathedral.

Pussy Riot’s public display against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has offended Russian Orthodox believers.

Supporters and opponents gathered outside the court building. One backer chanted “freedom.” Amnesty International has called for the women to be freed.

The decision to continue their detention came after prosecutors said investigations were continuing.

“Holy Mother, throw Putin out!” was performed at the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral in February, with the singers masked and dressed in short skirts.

The women being held face up to seven years in jail if found guilty of a charge of hooliganism.