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The protest came as a Russian court was due to deliver a verdict on three band members for performing a political “punk prayer” at the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral – a case that has been criticised by free-speech advocates around the world.

To show support for Pussy Riot, a member of Ukrainian group Femen, which regularly stages bare-breasted shock performances, destroyed a large wooden cross bearing the figure of the crucified Christ, erected in 2005.

“No business, not even one as successful as the church, has the right to attack women’s rights,” activist Inna Shevchenko said after cutting down the cross, “Free Riot” written across her chest. There were no police at the scene.

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