by / August 17th, 2012 /

UPDATE: Pussy Riot found guilty, sentenced to two years in prison. Band release response track.

Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in a Moscow court, following their performance in the city on February 21st. Judge Marina Syrova said the women had “crudely undermined social order” and ruled out any political aspect to the protest. Prosecutors are seeking a three year prison sentence.

UPDATE: Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich have been sentenced to two years in prison.

Tolokonnikova sent a handwritten letter to Putin saying: “Our term in prison is a clear and distinct sign that freedom is being taken away from the whole country. And that threatens destruction of the liberating, emancipating forces of Russia. That’s what makes me angry.”

Go to http://freepussyriot.org/ for full, uncensored coverage.

More PR news: the remaining members have released this track in response to recent events. Looks like this could run and run.