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Pussy Riot Goes On Trial

The trial of three members of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot began on July 30 in Moscow. The trio is facing charges of hooliganism for disrupting a service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow with a performance -- which they called a "punk prayer" -- calling for the end of President Vladimir Putin's rule.

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina arrives at the court.
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Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina arrives at the court.

Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich arrives at the court.
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Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich arrives at the court.

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova arrives at the court.
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Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova arrives at the court.

"Your honor, where is your honor?"
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"Your honor, where is your honor?"

"This is not a trial, this is retaliation."
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"This is not a trial, this is retaliation."

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"Coalition for justice."
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"Coalition for justice."

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in a Moscow court on July 30
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in a Moscow court on July 30

Members of Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (top), and Maria Alyokhina in court on July 30
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Members of Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (top), and Maria Alyokhina in court on July 30

Members of Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left), Maria Alyokhina (center), and Yekaterina Samutsevich in court on July 30
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Members of Pussy Riot: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left), Maria Alyokhina (center), and Yekaterina Samutsevich in court on July 30

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina look out from the defendant's cell in a Moscow courtroom on July 30.
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina look out from the defendant's cell in a Moscow courtroom on July 30.

Opposition figure Boris Nemtsov (left) participates in an action in support of Pussy Riot outside the Moscow court.
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Opposition figure Boris Nemtsov (left) participates in an action in support of Pussy Riot outside the Moscow court.

"Judge, stop the madness, free Pussy Riot!"
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"Judge, stop the madness, free Pussy Riot!"

A Pussy Riot supporter outside the Moscow court
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A Pussy Riot supporter outside the Moscow court

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