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The women from the band ‘Pussy Riot’ face up to seven years
in prison for an unsanctioned performance in which they entered
Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral wearing masks, ascended
the altar and called on the Virgin Mary to “throw Putin out!”

Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and
Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were brought to Moscow’s Khamovniki
court for the trial, Russia’s most prominent since former oil
tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was convicted for a second time – in
the same courtroom where the Pussy Riot trial began – in 2010.

Supporters chanted “Girls, we’re with you!” and “Victory!”
as the women, each handcuffed by the wrist to a female officer,
were led from a white and blue police van into the courthouse
through a side entrance. Streets around the court, on a high
Moscow River embankment, were closed.

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