Putin song lands punk band in jail
Members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot" Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), Maria Alyokhina (C) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow on Agust 17, 2012.
August 17th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Putin song lands punk band in jail

Three members of Russian female punk rock band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison Friday after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in a church.

The five months they have spent in detention since their arrests in March count toward the sentence, Judge Marina Sirovaya said.

The judge said the charges against the three women - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - had been proved by witnesses and the facts.

The Pussy Riot members were charged after screaming, "Mother Mary, please drive Putin away," in a protest act in February inside Christ Savior Cathedral, one of Moscow's grandest houses of worship.


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  1. Tawny Benford

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    May 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  3. Pnm9pnm

    That wisssye the who wants that not Putin he knows who he is an ment to b.pnm.

    September 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  4. Pnm9pnm

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    September 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  5. Pnm9pnm

    How needs $$$$$$ when it's dead forever.?pnm.

    September 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  6. Pnm9pnm

    That is not ez.pnm.

    September 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  7. Pnm9pnm

    If a injustus rule try's to trip up Putin an his Justus sistrum ion paint earth y should anything go with that when as I am Sade comes my time to rule the wold a cop as in that cop can come in an do that rule the earth as we giv.in by me right the earth can an has bin rule ing it's self better then me that I an Putin can go with an if OB is voted in he is good 4 me to.pnm.

    September 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  8. gjlkhfgj

    if scott taylor and his anti american coalition does not shut up there will be no secrets

    August 20, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
  9. Denverboy

    By jailing these Kids..
    Ras-Putin shows how weak he realy is...He is threatened by a Rock group...He is such a POWERFUL LEADER...a Man of the people....Yea right a sniviling ex-KGB agent that cant take the comment from a Band of Russian yourth....Kinda makes one look at the Russian leader ina NEW DIMMER LIGHT.....How petty of him....

    August 19, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Sodomite

      Wanna know what "petty" really is? A country where a child's lemonade stand gets shut down by uniformed cops because the kids lacked Leviathan's "permission", i.e. – permits.

      August 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  10. Sodomite

    As nothing more than nihlistic attention wh0res, they've been amply rewarded with what they crave the most.

    August 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Quite true Sodomite, quite true indeed!!!

      August 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • Michal

      I agree indeed

      August 19, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • dzea

      What you said might be true if they were an American band, attempting this stunt in the USA. You make a common mistake... you apply your understanding of politics in the USA to countries that are nothing like the USA. Its just wrong and it makes you ignorant of realities in countries other than your own. The Russian government is corrupt to an extent that American's can't even conceive of and the Orthodox Church is in on the deal. Those girls risked their lives to make this political point. Have you not been paying attention?

      August 19, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
      • Sodomite

        Risked their lives????????????


        August 20, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  11. Lisanti

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    August 18, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
  12. Dave Anders

    Those tramp girls STOLE the use of that church to make a video to make money-THEY ARE THIEVES! Those thief girls took over that church over the objections of those already inside the church! Those thief girls denied the right of free speech to those people already inside that church! Those thief girls are modern day Hitlers taking what they want!

    August 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Well said, Dave. Thank you.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • dzea

      fool, they chose the venue of the church because of the corruption in it and the connection to the putin government. They made no money from this. This is some of the most genuine political protest punk rock ever. This is the real thing, not leftist rage against the machine saying stupid things in a free society.

      August 19, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • tello

      Modern day Hitlers? what planet are you from?

      August 19, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
  13. fed up

    It's very simple, don't complain about Putin. Complaining in Russia is just like complaining here, it does no good and could get you killed. The man who brought out GW Bush's DWI in 2000, was threatened with death, along with his wife and children.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  14. saeed

    execute them the soviet union did enormous scenitific progress for human kind these girls need a firm smack to the back of the head.

    August 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  15. Hahahahahahahahahahaha

    What? Putin doesn't like pu$$y? Hahahahahahahahahahaa

    August 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply

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