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Pussy Riot trial hurtles toward verdict

Monday, August 06, 2012 - 00:37

Aug. 6 - Pussy Riot band members arrive at Moscow courthouse for trial in a case that has many accusing Putin of cracking down on dissenters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Three young women from the punk band Pussy Riot arrived at a Moscow courthouse on Monday (August 6) and could face sentencing this week in a trial over their "protest prayer" in a church that has transfixed Russia and opened President Vladimir Putin to new accusations of a crackdown on dissent. The first week of hearings divided the mainly Russian Orthodox country. Some believers want tough sentences but many others are calling for leniency, even though few approve of the unsanctioned performance at the altar of Moscow's main church. The trial for hooliganism, punishable by up to seven years in jail, resumes on Monday in the same Moscow courtroom where oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky faced the second of two trials after defying Putin by taking an interest in politics. The trial started on July 30 and lasted late into the evening each day until Friday, with only brief breaks for the defendants - confined to a courtroom cage - and lawyers.

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Pussy Riot trial hurtles toward verdict

Monday, August 06, 2012 - 00:37