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RFE/RL Reports: The Pussy Riot Verdict and What It Says About Russia's Political Future


A flyer calling for freedom for the members of Pussy Riot pasted onto a police van outside the Khamovnichesky court building in Moscow, 17Aug2012

A flyer calling for freedom for the members of Pussy Riot pasted onto a police van outside the Khamovnichesky court building in Moscow, 17Aug2012

It's a guilty verdict and a two-year prison sentence for three members of the punk feminist performance-art group Pussy Riot. Radio Svoboda was there for it all, from tweets inside the courtroom to the angry reaction of protesters outside.

Additional RFE/RL multimedia reporting on the trial, the verdict, and the fallout.

# In the latest Power Vertical podcast, Brian Whitmore and Kirill Kobrin examine what the verdict means for Putin's Russia in the time of Pussy Riot.

# Supporters from around the world have rallied to Pussy Riot's cause, ensuring the Kremlin's latest headache will play out long after today's verdict.

# Who were Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich before they became known to the world as convicted hooligans. This photogallery offers a glimpse into their early activism.

# At risk of being overlooked with the spotlight shifted to Pussy Riot are other young Russians detained for taking part in anti-government protests in May.

Follow ongoing coverage from Radio Svoboda online (also in Russian), The Power Vertical on Twitter, and Russia Police Watch on Twitter.
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