Jailed Punk Rockers Go On Trial in Moscow

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Three young women go on trial in Moscow Monday for staging a punk-rock protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin at the capital city's main cathedral.

The trio, members of an all-women punk rock band, entered Christ the Savior Cathedral in February, where they staged an impromptu performance of a song whose lyrics call on the Virgin Mary to throw out Mr. Putin. The three were arrested in March and have been awaiting trial while in jail.

Their protest stunt was staged just weeks before the presidential election won by Mr. Putin, who was prime minister at the time.

The women were charged with “hooliganism” and are facing up to seven years in prison if they are convicted. Rights groups say the punishment is inappropriate.

The band, which was formed last October, is known for its hatred of Mr. Putin.