Free Pussy Riot Demonstration

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Supporters of the Russian female punk band “Pussy Riot” bang on drums during a protest outside the Russian consulate in Toronto on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. A Russian judge found three members of the provocative punk band guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in one of the most closely watched cases in recent Russian history. The judge said the three band members committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers. The three were arrested in March after a guerrilla performance in Moscow’s main cathedral calling for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia against Vladimir Putin, who was elected to a new term as Russia’s president a few days later. (The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)

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