Protests rage after Pussy Riot verdict

Protesters with 'Free Pussy Riot' bannerBY SARAH VRBA
Care2.com

Three members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years each on Friday for an anti-Putin prayer they performed in a Moscow cathedral in February. They were charged with hooliganism fueled by religious hatred and the judge in the case, Marina Syrovaya, concluded that their feminist projects equalled religious hatred. Human rights groups have been up in arms, calling the sentencing a blow to freedom of expression in Russia.

New feminist protests are already beginning to blossom in the wake of Friday’s sentencing. The Pussy Riot community extends far beyond the confines of the three singled-out members, who have borne ill treatment in prison and harsh sentencing with conviction, gusto, and even a few smiles. The larger Pussy Riot protest group released a new song on Friday called Putin Lights Up the Fires.

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