The Pussy Riot controversy

On February 21, five masked members of the Pussy Riot punk-group performed a protest song called "Holy Sh*t" at the altar of the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. The video of their performance was posted on the Internet and incited a major public uproar. Three suspected Pussy Riot members are now under detention, facing up to seven years in prison for hooliganism.

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Profile: the Pussy Riot case

According to advocacy website freepussyriot.org, Pussy Riot is a punk rock collective that formed in October 2011 with the aim of protesting policies unfavorable to such human rights principles as gender equality, democracy, and freedom of expression.