Friday 22 September 2017

Russian punk band on jail hunger strike

Shaun Walker in Moscow

THREE members of a punk rock group announced a hunger strike yesterday, in a case that is causing growing outrage in Moscow's cultural circles.

The decision to go on hunger strike came after a Moscow court told them they must prepare their defence by Monday.

The trio, part of the Pussy Riot punk band, have been in jail awaiting trial for four months over a performance stunt in a Moscow cathedral. They face up to seven years behind bars if found guilty.

The charges relate to a "performance" in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, when the women sang a song called "Virgin Mary, Chase out Putin!". (© Independent News Service)

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