[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] against their sentence for a protest against Vladimir Putin [BBC profile]. Last year the group was convicted [JURIST report] of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and sentenced to two years in prison. Moscow City Court chair Olga Yegorova denied that the case was politically motivated. Pussy Riot lawyer Irina Khrunova told the Associated Press she would appeal...

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