August 28, 2012 20:31

Pussy Riot appeal against their two-year jail sentence

Lawyers for the band say a decision is expected imminently

Pussy Riot appeal against their two-year jail sentence

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Three members of Pussy Riot have appealed against their jail sentence.

The trio of the feminist punk group received two-year prison sentences on August 17 after being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. They were arrested in February after they staged a flashmob style performance at Moscow's main cathedral, protesting against the Orthodox Christian church's support of president Vladimir Putin.

Lawyer Violetta Volkova said an appeal had been lodged to the Khamovniki district court yesterday (August 27) reports Billboard. A decision is expected within 10 days. Meanwhile, the band has said that at least two of its members have fled Russia to avoid arrest.

Orthodox Church leaders also condemned the chopping down of wooden crosses in Russia and neighbouring Ukraine by people claiming to support the band. Four crosses were cut down in the northern Russian region of Archangelsk and the Urals region of Chelyabinsk over the weekend.

A raft of musicians, from Paul McCartney to Bjork and Franz Ferdinand, have spoken out in support of Pussy Riot. After they received guilty verdicts earlier this month (August), Madonna branded the decision to imprison the women "inhumane".

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