Court prolongs Pussy Riot members' arrest
19.04.12 20:11 By News dept
Photo: RIA "Novosti"
Moscow city court has prolonged the arrest of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich, who are thought to be the members of the Pussy Riot punk band. They will be remain in jail till June 24, RIA Novosti reported.
Some 150 supporters of Pussy Riot gathered near the court building on Thurdsday, at least 30 of them were detained by police.
On February 21, five members of The Pussy Riot punk band performed on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow for a few minutes. They sang a song that contained unflattering characteristics of the clergy of the temple, as well as the Russian Patriarch, Kirill. The women, who were wearing colored masks, also sang "Holy Mother, send Putin packing!" three times. Church officials called their actions blasphemy, sacrilege, an insult to religious feelings, and Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin even stated that such actions should be followed up with criminal penalties.
Their lawyers are going to appeal the court decision.
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