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Moscow court set to hear Pussy Riot appeal


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Moscow court set to hear Pussy Riot appeal

Moscow’s city court will hear the appeal of jailed punk rockers Pussy Riot on Monday against their two-year jail sentence for performing an anti-Kremlin song at a cathedral.

The three musicians were convicted in August for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.

Pussy Riot stormed the altar of Moscow’s cathedral last February.

During their performance, they sang a song which called on the Virgin Mary to “throw Vladimir Putin” out.

The president, who was prime minister at the time of the protest, said before the trio’s conviction that the court “should not judge them too harshly.”

The Russian Orthodox Church has asked for clemency if the three rockers repent for their “punk prayer.”

A spokesman for the church said: “Such actions deserve to be punished. But if some words form the convicted can show remorse and thought for what they’ve done, we want this to be taken into account.”

The protest angered Orthodox believers across Russia.

A recent poll conducted by the Levada research group found that just six percent of Russians sympathised with their plight.

Pussy Riot’s supporters are downplaying any chance of the musicians being released, pointing to the Kremlin’s increasing intolerance for dissent.

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