Who are Pussy Riot?

Fri, Aug 17, 2012, 01:00

Three women from the Pussy Riot punk protest group who performed an anti-Kremlin "prayer" at Moscow's main Russian Orthodox cathedral in February were convicted today of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and jailed for two years. Below are some brief biographical details:

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (22)

With her dark bobbed hair and big eyes, Tolokonnikova's photogenic appearance has made her the face of Pussy Riot in the Western media.

Her antics as part of high-profile street-art collective Voina (War) have made her a focus of attention in the Russian media. Many have featured pictures of her having public sex with her husband Pyotr Verzilov while she was pregnant in 2008.

The event, staged with other couples at Moscow's Zoological Museum, was intended as a provocative protest against the election to the presidency of president Putin's protege Dmitry Medvedev.

Tolokonnikova was in her final year of philosophy studies at the prestigious Moscow State University when she was arrested. Her daughter is now aged four.

Court officials have tried to portray her as a bad influence on the other women, asking witnesses how the others' behaviour had changed after they met Tolokonnikova.

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