Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Sentenced to Two Years for ‘Hooliganism’

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Today in a Russian court, three members (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30)  of the all-female Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism.”

(For those unfamiliar with the story, here is a round-up of links that we published last week.)

The trio had been facing up to seven years, but, after much deliberation, was sentenced to two years in prison for an anti-Putin song they performed in a church.

n+1 has published the closing statements by each of the women.

[Sidenote: Among the action in the court chess champion Gary Kasparaov was arrested.]


Erin Lyndal Martin is the assistant music editor for The Rumpus. She is also an associate interviews editor for PopMatters, and she runs the music journalism site Euterpe's Notebook in addition to also contributing to The Quietus. Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and critical prose have also appeared widely. She can be followed on Twitter at @erinlyndal. More from this author →