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Pussy Riot's Canadian connection used against band

Prosecutors showed Tolokonnikova's Canadian permanent residency and health-care cards as proof she's acting on behalf of a foreign government to bring down Russia.

Garry Kasparov arrested outside Pussy Riot trial

Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov was among several people arrested outside the court where members of the punk band Pussy Riot were found guilty of hooliganism.

In-depth series: Pussy Riot found guilty

Russia's protest punk band Pussy Riot has been sentenced to two years in prison for an anti-Putin protest at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. What does the verdict mean for Russia, Putin and the future of protest in the country? Here's complete GlobalPost coverage from Moscow and around the world.

Pussy Riot verdict: Punk rock band found guilty of hooliganism

Three young women from Pussy Riot have been in jail since March, after staging an anti-Putin protest at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. International celebrities, including Gary Kasparov, Paul McCartney, Sting and Madonna, have rallied to the punk rockers' cause. When the judge read today's verdict finding them guilty on "hooliganism, a grave violation of public order," the women — who sat in a glass cage, yawned defiantly.

What is Pussy Riot?

MOSCOW — Although Pussy Riot's members have become martyrs for the Russian opposition and an international cause célèbre, very little is known beyond their punk videos and pictures of their youthful faces behind the glass of a bullet-proof courtroom pen.

Pussy Riot: Russia's deputy prime minister calls Madonna a whore

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin publically insulted Madonna via Twitter yesterday.  "Every former w. who has aged wants to give lectures about morals, especially during tours and gigs abroad," he wrote. The "w," translated from Russian, is an abbreviation that roughly means "slut," 'bitch," or the closest alternative, "whore." 

Pussy Riot: Madonna, Stalin, and Aleksei Navalny

"No one will take my inner freedom away," band member Maria Alyokhina told the court.

Russia: Pussy Riot defendants allege trial 'torture'

"They were given no food to eat and were not allowed to sleep," said defense attorney Violetta Volkova. "It's torture."

Russian court refuses bail for female punk rockers

The Kremlin shows its brittleness by punishing a symbol of opposition.
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Members of the all-girl punk band Pussy Rio, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (C), Maria Alyokhina (R) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), sit behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow on July 20, 2012. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)
The decision by a Moscow court on Friday to refuse bail to three members of a female punk band called Pussy Riot and extend their pretrial detention until January strains the imagination. What's the logic?
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