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Verdict, protests loom for Russia's jailed punks

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Aug. 17, 2012, 11:10 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Pussy Riot punk group supporters place masks on a monument to WWII heroes to resemble Pussy Riot members, at an underground station in Moscow on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Three group members who were jailed in March following a guerrilla performance denouncing President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral have unwillingly emerged as vivid — and very different — characters. They await a verdict Friday on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.
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PARIS — They're asking for undies on heads, masks, and as much color as possible. Organizers of protests in more than three dozen cities around the world are hoping for thousands to turn out in raucous support of the Russian femme provocateurs Pussy Riot, who are facing sentencing Friday, Aug .17, in Moscow.

The three women in the band have been in jail for more than five months because of a prank in Moscow's main cathedral against Russia's Vladimir Putin, and face a maximum seven years in jail.

Celebrities including Paul McCartney, Madonna and Bjork have called for them to be freed, and protests are planned around the world Friday. The trial has attracted worldwide attention as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.

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