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Protests across Europe at Pussy Riot sentence

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Around the world there have been more shows of support for the Russian band.

The Vladimir Putin masks on display in Berlin made little secret of who protesters thought was behind the decision to jail the women for two years. They are not alone in believing the Kremlin is flexing its muscles.

“As a musician I believe in free expression, and the fact that people around the world are still denied this right is just disgusting to me,” said one woman.

In Brussels, one demonstrator said that after what she called Russia’s ‘election masquerade’, it was clear that even the slightest protest was impossible in Russia.

“It’s really something against international standards regarding freedom of expression. It’s a bad sign for Russia. It’s a bad sign about the future of this country,” said Philippe Hensmans, Director of Amnesty International Belgium.

In Warsaw, young women imitated Pussy Riot’s cathedral performance.

Elsewhere in Europe they demonstrated – in London and Dublin, Paris, Barcelona, Belgrade and Sofia.

In Russia, where opinion is split, there were also protests against the women for insulting the Church.