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Judge Presiding Over Pussy Riot Trial Given State Protection


Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (from left to right), Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina look out from the defendents' cell in a court in Moscow.

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (from left to right), Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina look out from the defendents' cell in a court in Moscow.

The judge who will give the verdict in the trial of the three members of the Pussy Riot punk group has been placed under state protection after she allegedly received threats.

Judge Marina Syrova is due to issue the verdict in the hooliganism trial of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich on August 17.

The trio is on trial for staging a performance in February in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral against President Vladimir Putin's rule.

They were charged with hooliganism and insulting the feelings of Orthodox Christians.

The prosecution has called for a three-year sentence for the three young women.

Defense lawyers have asked the court to acquit them.

The Amnesty International rights watchdog has declared the defendants prisoners of conscience.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and AFP
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