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Pussy Riot claim Putin is running scared

Russian punk band Pussy Riot claim that the nation’s president, Vladimir Putin is scared of their message. Three members of the band are facing trial after being held in custody since March, when they were involved in a protest against Putin’s re-election.

"Putin is scared of us, can you imagine?" one Pussy Riot member, known as Squirrel, told The Guardian. "Scared of girls. The most important dictator, Putin, is really afraid of people. More specifically, he's afraid of Pussy Riot. Afraid of a bunch of young, positive, optimistic women unafraid to speak their minds.”

The charges relate to a hooliganism charge after they played a show at a cathedral in Moscow. They performed a song called Holy S*** protesting about the Russian Orthodox Church’s support of Putin. They could face up to seven years imprisonment. Thanking their supporters from prison, they said, "We aren't supporters of violence, and we don't bear a grudge against anyone. Our laughter is mixed with tears, and our sarcasm is a reaction to abuse of law."

"Now we're personally feeling the full force of Putin's Kafka-esque machine," they told NME earlier in the year. "The state's policy is based on a minimum of critical thinking and on a maximum of spite, and a desire to get even with those who don't please it."

Western bands have spoken out in support of Pussy Riot, with Franz Ferdinand and Red Hot Chili Peppers drawing attention to their plight in recent Moscow shows. Amnesty International have also called for the musicians’ release.

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