Russia’s punk band Pussy Riot sentenced for ‘hooliganism’

Group given 2 years in jail

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Russia’s riot grrl punk band Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in jail Friday for “hooliganism” in a trial that has electrified sentiment against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The group was on trial for an unannounced performance in Moscow’s main cathedral that included an anti-Putin song. The case has ignited debate about the country’s free speech laws, and the sentence included “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and “offensive words” for Russian Orthodox Christianity.

See the story at Slate.