Feminist punk-rockers called on the Virgin Mary to chase Putin out. Now they are in jail.
Members of the Pussy Rock collective held a surprise performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February. Three women alleged to have taken part were arrested and have been refused bail. They are to be tried on hooliganism charges because of their critical intervention, pointing out the close ties between the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church. The affair is causing quite a stir as it addresses many issues troubling Russia. Human rights activists are furious at what they consider a political trial.