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The three women — all members of the Pussy Riot band — were arrested after their February stunt at Moscow’s main Christ the Savior cathedral two weeks before March’s presidential vote, in which they asked Mother Mary to deliver Russia from Putin’s third presidential term.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 face up to seven years if convicted on hooliganism charges. Their prosecution has caused public outcry and protests from rights groups.

The case has been seen as part of a widening crackdown on dissent that followed Putin’s election.

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