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On her way out of the Church of the Resurrection in a leafy
neighbourhood of central Moscow, Nina Lefshukova pulled off her
blue headscarf and sighed that the three members of the punk
band Pussy Riot should just be freed.

“I would let them go and leave them in peace, but everyone
knows it has more to do with politics than religion. It has more
to do with the authorities,” she said, folding up her blue
Orthodox headscarf into a black bag.

Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and
Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, stormed into Moscow’s Christ the
Saviour Cathedral on Feb. 21 and belted out a ‘punk prayer’,
asking the Virgin Mary to “Throw Putin out!” They were charged
with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. A judge will
deliver her verdict in a Moscow court on Friday.

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