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RFE/RL Explains Pussy Riot: What They Did and Why They Are In Trouble


Members of Pussy Riot (from left) Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina in the dock during a court hearing on their case in Moscow's Khamovniki Court, 23Jul2012

Members of Pussy Riot (from left) Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina in the dock during a court hearing on their case in Moscow's Khamovniki Court, 23Jul2012

Pussy Riot isn't really a punk band and they didn't really play a concert in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. So what exactly did they do that has gotten them into so much trouble? Follow RFE/RL's coverage of the trial of three women who have captured the attention of Russia's opposition movement, Amnesty International, western rockers, and the Kremlin.

# Brian Whitmore of The Power Vertical explains the punk concert that wasn't.

# More from The Power Vertical, as the Kremlin becomes the unwitting fuel to an engine of repression that has elevated Pussy Riot "from a once obscure performance art act (to) global stars with the dignity that comes with being oppressed." Listen to more in his weekly podcast.

# Sting, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are just a few on an impressive roster of western rockers who have come out in solidarity with Pussy Riot. Is Bono next?
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