Conflict & Justice

Anti-Putin Punk Rockers Pussy Riot to Stay in Jail, Await Trial

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Tolokonnikova, a member of female punk band Pussy Riot, sits behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow. (Photo: Denis Sinyakov/REUTERS)

The all female Russian punk band Pussy Riot ran afoul of the Kremlin with protest performances.

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Their impromptu show in one in Moscow's most holy sanctuary, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, was pretty wild. They sang their tune, "Holy Mother, Throw Putin Out!"

The women were arrested in February and have been in jail since. Last week a judge ordered them to remain in custody to await their July trial.

And if they're eventually convicted, they face up to seven years in prison.

The Moscow News Deputy Editor Natalia Antonova wrote in The Guardian last week that the women are "scapegoats for Russia's political crisis." She tells anchor Marco Werman why.

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