Police arrest two members of Pussy Riot
Police arrest two members of Pussy Riot

Police arrest two members of Pussy Riot
Police arrest two members of Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot, the Russian all girl punk band whose recent spate of spectacular protest gigs have received much attention have had two members arrested by Moscow police after the group stormed the altar of Moscow’s largest cathedral and performed a protest song, a police spokesperson said on Sunday.

Last week, five women from the band, clad in bright balaclavas, performed an acapella version of what they said was a “punk prayer” entitled “Holy Sh*t.” The lyrics included lines such as “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin, chase Putin out!”

The band have become a thorn in the authorities side after several geurilla gigs performed in Moscow. They first first hit the headlines back in January, when they played an anti Putin gig in Red Square, calling for “Revolt in Russia!” and chanting “Putin’s scared” before being detained by police.

The timing of the latest gig could not have been more heated with less than a week before Sunday’s presidential elections, in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is seeking the Kremlin post for a third term in a controversial campaign that has caused some dissent in Russia.

After the gig the band and activists escaped but the police opened a criminal case against them, saying they had “shouted insults at believers and churchmen at the Christ the Savior Cathedral.”

Three women and a man were detained on Saturday and another two women were detained on Sunday. They could face up to seven years in prison on charges of hooliganism.

“They are suspected of…gross violation of public order and religious hatred,” police said.

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