facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Putin agrees with 'Pussy Riot' sentence

Oct. 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said members of a feminist punk band "got what they asked for" in staging a protest at a Moscow cathedral.

Three members of the group Pussy Riot received two-year prison sentences for performing a "punk prayer" critical of the Russian leader. A lawyer for the three women accused Putin of trying to influence the outcome of a planned appeal, the British newspaper The Guardian reported.

The women, Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, have apologized for offending church-goers but defended the act as a form of political protest. They were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and sentenced to two-year terms, rather than the maximum seven years allowed by Russian law, the newspaper said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
2
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
3
Construction on Russian gas line to China slated for September
4
Mississippi woman says her son set a cross on fire at her house
5
Brady Morton still missing after booze-soaked rafting trip
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback