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Pro-Kremlin group "Nashi" tips off police in search for Pussy Riot band members

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«Nashi» is a pro-Kremlin youth organization   Photo: ITAR-TASS


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Police are currently looking into a request to check the identities of several girls potentially involved in Pussy Riot's 'punk prayer.' The request was made by the political youth movement Nashi, reports RIA Novosti, citing the Interior Ministry press service.

The press-service writes that "the request will be looked into in accordance with the law."

Nashi announced that they sent the Interior Ministry a request to look into six girls for their possible involvement in Pussy Riot's 'punk prayer' in Moscow's main church.

The Ministry had earlier announced a reward for information leading to participants of the 'punk prayer.' On Friday Nashi reported that they had received information about six girls, which they then passed on to the police.

The girls Nashi suspects are: Svetlana Shuvaeva from the city of Bugulma, Alena Schebleva from Magnitogorsk, Elena Zaitseva from Berdsk, Anastasia Pimenov from Novosibirsk, Elena Ilina from Moscow, and Elizabeth Nikitin from the Moscow region.

The Pussy Riot scandal began on February 21 when five girls planned their 'punk prayer' in the Church of Christ the Saviour. They put on balaclavas and ran into the pulpit, which is off limits to guests. They approached the altar, turned on some amps and began to shout. Three members of the band: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Ekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alekhina were arrested. On August 17 the Khamovniki court sentenced them all to two years imprisonment in a penal colony. They can appeal the sentence on October 1.

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