Monday, July 30, 2012

Anti-Putin punk rockers face trial in Moscow

Three members of a Russian punk group are to face trial on Monday.

They have been officially charged with "hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred".

The charges were handed down after the trio made their way into a church and burst into a so-called "punk prayer" criticising Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse reports from Moscow.

Three young women who staged a punk-rock protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main Orthodox church will go on trial in a case seen as a test of Russia's tolerance of dissent.

Amnesty International's John Dalhuisen tells Al Jazeera why he thinks the trial process is flawed.

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