facebook
twitter
search
search

Putin agrees with 'Pussy Riot' sentence

Oct. 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

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.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Texas man killed in apparent alligator attack
Police arrest N.C. soldier with assault rifle headed to mall photo shoot
North Korean biochemical weapons researcher defects to Europe
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Four accused in slave-labor trafficking ring on Ohio egg farm