Pussy Riot jailed for six more months (Guardian)
Putin crackdown on Russian dissent highlighted by case of feminist
band arrested in March for performing 'punk prayer' in church
more at link aboveA Moscow judge has ordered three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to spend the next six months in jail, prolonging a case that has highlighted the crackdown on freedom of expression in Vladimir Putin's Russia.
The three women – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina – were remanded in custody until January 2013. Their supporters say the powerful Orthodox church, which has close links with Putin, is behind the drive to keep the women in jail.
Pussy Riot erupted on the scene amid a wave of protest over Putin's re-election as president. With bright balaclavas, rabid punk anthems and explicitly anti-government lyrics, they helped enliven Russia's growing urban protest movement.