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Pussy Riot Members Appeal Conviction

August 28, 2012  |  2:00pm
Pussy Riot Members Appeal Conviction

A lawyer speaking on behalf of the three band members of the Russian band Pussy Riot has announced the appeal of the convictions against the three women, Reuters reported. The musicians were sentenced to two years in prison following their participation in a “punk prayer” asking the Virgin Mary to remove President Putin from power.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22; Maria Alyokhina, 24; and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were all officially convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after they led a protest in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral last February.

Though defense lawyer Nikolai Polozov states that should the court abide by the law the verdict would be thrown out, it is a “realist” approach to believe there is little hope for the ruling to be overturned. Instead, it may be more reasonable to be hopeful for shortened sentences.

Meanwhile, as the legal process waits to take cycle, the two remaining members of the band have fled the country in order to avoid their own convictions.

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