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The women from the band “Pussy Riot” face up to seven years
in prison for an unsanctioned performance in February in which
they entered Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, 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 Russia’s highest-profile trial since former oil tycoon
Mikhail Khodorkovsky was convicted for a second time in 2010, in
the same courtroom.

Supporters chanted “Girls, we’re with you!” and “Victory!”
as the women, each handcuffed by the wrist to a female officer,
were escorted from police van into the courthouse.

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