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Political groups announce patrols to keep Pussy Riot out of Moscow's Christian Orthodox Churches

By February 28, 2012

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In the wake of Pussy Riot's protest performance inside Christ the Savior Cathedral, city police have opened up case against the band on charges of hooliganism, which carries the penalty of up to seven years in prison.

It's also being reported that church officials have demanded that the government go so far as to make blasphemy a criminal offense. Although there has been no response from lawmakers regarding this demand, activists from the Cossack society Southwest in Moscow have announced that they will be standing guard outside all Orthodox Christian churches within the city to prevent a repeat of the events.

The band caused outrage among the city's Christian community last week when they stormed Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral to perform one of their now infamous political protest performances. Video of the performance is now online.

It's just the latest move from the band and feminist collective that also caught notice for their unsanctioned performance in Moscow's Red Square that lead to their arrests, and it's hopefully just the beginning from a strong, active voice in an emerging punk scene in Russia.

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