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article imageVideo: Verdict Friday in Pussy Riot case in Moscow

By Darren Weir     Aug 14, 2012 in Entertainment
Moscow - The three members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot will face the judge on Friday to hear the verdict that could send them to prison for three years.
The trio was arrested and charged with hooliganism and incitement of religious hatred for performing their profanity-laced song, "Mother of God, Cast Putin Out" at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ our Saviour in February.
The Telegraph reports they will likely be found guilty since acquittals by Russian courts are virtually unheard of. And in fact, in 92% of the cases overseen by the judge in their case, the defendants have been found guilty. The prosecutor is calling for a 3-year jail term, as reported by Digital Journal but there is still the chance that their sentence could be suspended with President Putin saying the group shouldn't be judged too harshly.
The case has become a PR nightmare for Russian President Vladimir Putin, with politicians and musicians around the world calling for the women's release from jail, where they have been held since March, and to drop the case against them.
Other band members have been driven underground by the case but in a recent interview with The Guardian, "Squirrel" says they are trying to encourage the Russian people to find their voice, "We can show that it's not so scary to do something and that the actions are changing the situation." And the BBC says, in another interview, band member "Terminator" vowed to continue to protest, "Nobody can mute us, nobody can forbid us to do what we want... We want Russia to be a better place… We won't stop, we would do it again". She says the protest in the Cathedral was "not an act of hooliganism, definitely not an anti-religious act" but a "political performance" against President Putin.
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