Pussy Riot appeal to Euro rights court

Feb 07, 2013, 8:30 PM EST
Activists of Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, pose in front of the Eiffel tower,
AFP/Getty ImagesActivists of Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, pose in front of the Eiffel tower, on October 1, 2012 in Paris, during a rally in support of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, as a Russian court

Members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot sentenced to prison in 2012 for a "punk prayer" critical of President Vladimir Putin are appealing their convictions at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Although one member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released on appeal, the other two are serving their two-year sentences. The Pussy Riot complaint was lodged with the European Court this week, even as Russia was singled out by a human rights group for its gross human rights violations. 

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