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Human rights groups plan to stage protests during the four-day visit by Patriarch Kirill, who has criticised Pussy Riot, the band which sang a “punk prayer” against PresidentVladimir Putin at the altar of Christ the Saviour Cathedral in February.

The Moscow court will issue its verdict on the three women on Friday in a case that has drawn international condemnation by musicians and free speech advocates and by Putin’s opponents in Russia who say it shows his intolerance of political dissent.

The performance was meant to highlight the close ties between Putin and the patriarch, who called the Russian leader’s period as president and prime minister “a miracle of God”.

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