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Pussy Riot video banned

Nov. 29, 2012 at 7:48 AM

MOSCOW, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Moscow court banned a video of Pussy Riot performing a "punk prayer" in protest of President Vladimir Putin, a performance that landed three members in jail.

The Pussy Riot members stormed the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012, and danced and shouted a punk prayer against Putin and Patriarch Kirill II. Music was added to a video recording of the performance to produce a video posted online, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

Russian Internet providers are required to block the video after the three-day appeal period is over. Those who don't are subject to criminal prosecution, RIA Novosti reported.

Three Pussy Riot members, Nadia Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Alyokhina were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred related to the performance. Samutsevich was released from prison after she appealed her case.

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