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    Posted on Aug 17, 2012

    Pussy Riot Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison

    A Moscow judge has sentenced each of the three members of the punk activist collective to two years in prison. The official charges are "hooliganism" following a stunt in which the three members performed an anti-Putin song in a Russian Orthodox church.

    Pussy Riot Is Lead To The Courtroom To Hear Their Verdict

    Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

    Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are escorted to a court room in Moscow, Russia on Friday, Aug 17, 2012. The women — two of whom have young children — are charged with hooliganism connected to religious hatred, but the case is widely seen as a warning that authorities will only tolerate opposition under tightly controlled conditions. The t-shirt worn by Tolokonnikova is Spanish and translates to "They shall not pass," a slogan often used to express determination to defend a position against an enemy.

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    Yekaterina Samutsevich.

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    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

    The Judge Finds Them Guilty Of "Hooliganism"

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    Maria Alekhina, Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison

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    Yekaterina Samutsevich, Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison

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    Yekaterina Samutsevich

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison

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    The Scene In Front Of The Courthouse Where Pussy Riot Was Sentenced

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    World Chess Champion And Anti-Putin Opposition Leader Garry Kasparov Was Detained In Front Of The Courthouse

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    Pussy Riot Holds Up Their Guilty Verdict

    Mikhail Metzel / AP

    Maria Alekhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova show the court's guilty verdict as they sit in a glass cage.

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