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All three women were convicted in August of hooliganism
motivated by religious hatred. They argued in court on Wednesday that
their impromptu performance inside Moscow’s main cathedral in February
was political in nature and not an attack on religion.

The case
has been condemned in the U.S. and Europe, where it has been seen as an
illustration of Putin’s intensifying crackdown on dissent after his
return to the presidency after four years as prime minister.

The
Moscow City Court ruled that Yekaterina Samutsevich’s sentence should be
suspended because she was thrown out of the cathedral by guards before
she could remove her guitar from its case and take part in the
performance.

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