Conflict & Justice

Pussy Riot Trial: Putin Urges Leniency for Russian Punk Rockers

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Members of female punk band "Pussy Riot" on trial in Moscow. (Photo: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russian punk trio Pussy Riot should not face tough sentencing for their protest against him in Moscow's main cathedral.

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The female musicians are on trial over hooliganism charges after a video of their anti-Putin song appeared online.

"There is nothing good in what they did [but] I don't think they should be judged too severely," Putin told reporters in London on Thursday.

Host Aaron Schachter talks with Miriam Elder, of The Guardian, who has been following the trial in Moscow.