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While a Russian investigator cautioned
that the killer was possibly trying to mislead police by drawing
attention to the punk provocateurs, the alleged link between a killer
and anti-Putin protesters was immediately seized upon by Russian media
and pro-Kremlin publicists.

Some publications ran headlines
claiming that Pussy Riot supporters “committed” or “inspired” a double
homicide. The coverage was full of the mostly negative terms used by
Kremlin-friendly television networks and media in their coverage of the
protesters’ trial.

A Moscow court earlier this month sentenced
three Pussy Riot members to two years in jail for performing a “punk
prayer” against President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow cathedral in
February. The trial, widely seen as Kremlin-orchestrated, caused an
international furor, with celebrities such as Paul McCartney urging
Russian authorities to free the band.

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