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To occasional bursts of applause from supporters, the three women were making their last pleas before a court rules whether they are guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for storming the altar of Moscow’s biggest cathedral and beseeching the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of President Vladimir Putin.

The state prosecutor has asked the court to sentence them to three years in jail in a case that is being seen as an early test of how much dissent Putin – who returned to the presidency in May for a third time – is willing to tolerate.

“I am not afraid of your poorly concealed fraud of a verdict in this so-called court because it can deprive me of my freedom,” Maria Alyokhina, one of the three, said. “No one will take my inner freedom away.”

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