The feminist punk group Pussy Riot performs during a flash-mob-style protest at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
Members of the Russian radical feminist group ‘Pussy Riot’ stage a performance to support detained opposition activists on a roof near the detention centre, which houses prominent opposition figures Ilya Yashin and Alexei Navalny, in Moscow December 14, 2011. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is in little immediate danger of being toppled by a wave of opposition protests but they could mark the beginning of the end for him if he does not make changes to restore his legitimacy. Courts have also sentenced two prominent opposition figures, Yashin and Navalny, to 15 days in jail for their roles in the protests.
Members of the Russian radical feminist group Pussy Riot give an interview to the Associated Press in a break during their rehearsal in Moscow, Friday, Feb. , 17, 2012. Members of the group stage performances against the policies conducted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, left, a member of feminist punk group Pussy Riot is escorted to a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year prison sentences for feminist punk rockers who gave an impromptu performance in Moscow’s main cathedral to call for an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule, in a case that has caused international outrage and split Russian society.
Maria Alekhina, second right, a member of feminist punk group Pussy Riot is escorted to a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.
Yekaterina Samutsevich, left, a member of feminist punk group Pussy Riot is escorted to a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (3rd L), Yekaterina Samutsevich (3rd R) and Maria Alyokhina (R), members of female punk band “Pussy Riot”, are escorted by police before a court hearing in Moscow August 8, 2012. A state prosecutor on Tuesday demanded a three-year jail term for three women from punk band Pussy Riot, saying they had abused God when they burst into a Moscow cathedral and sang a “protest prayer” against the Russian Orthodox Church’s close links to Vladimir Putin.
Members of a female punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L), Maria Alyokhina (C) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (R), sit inside a glass enclosure during a court hearing in Moscow on August 8, 2012. Members of the all-girl band Pussy Riot who were charged with hooliganism for staging a ‘punk prayer’ against Vladimir Putin were due Wednesday to deliver final statements on the last day of their trial. The controversial hearings raced toward a verdict with prosecutors seeking a three-year sentence and global calls mounting among stage stars and top Western officials to win the young women’s release.
Members of a female punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L), Maria Alyokhina (C) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (R), sit inside a glass enclosure during a court hearing in Moscow on August 8, 2012.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, August 8, 2012
Maria Alyokhina, August 8, 2012
Yekaterina Samutsevich, August 8, 2012
Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticized the feminist punk rockers facing trial for performing a “punk prayer” against him at Moscow’s main cathedral, but said that a punishment for them shouldn’t be too severe.
Maria Alekhina, left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, top right, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, right, members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot seen behind bars at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Russia, Monday, July 30, 2012. Three members of the band are facing trial for performing a “punk prayer” against Vladimir Putin from a pulpit of Moscow’s main cathedral before Russia’s presidential election in March, in which he won a third term.
A file picture taken on July 20, 2012 shows members of the all-girl punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (C), Maria Alyokhina (R) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), sitting behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow. Prosecutors asked a Moscow court to lock up members of the Pussy Riot girl band for three years after they called for Vladimir Putin’s ouster in a song, prompting Madonna to plead for clemency. As the full hearings in the controversial trial went into a second week, the state prosecutor said the young women’s crime was so severe they needed to be isolated from society.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of female Russian punk band Pussy Riot, sits inside a defendants cage in a Moscow court, on July 4, 2012, during the hearings on the Pussy Riot case. Three members of the all-woman punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ were detained two months ago, after they climbed on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral — the country’s central place of worship — and sang a song they called a ‘Punk Prayer’. The women have been charged with hooliganism committed by an organised group — an unusually harsh charge for protesters.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of punk band Pussy Riot, gestures behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow April 19, 2012. Russian police detained at least 13 people who demonstrated outside a courthouse on Thursday against the arrest of three members of a women’s punk rock group that performed a protest song in Moscow’s main cathedral, witnesses said.