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Russia prosecutors seek three years’ jail for Pussy Riot

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 6:12 EDT
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Members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot" Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (centre), Maria Alyokhina (right) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (left) are seen in court in July. Alyokhina collapsed in court Wednesday during the band's high-profile trial for performing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow church. The group has complained about a lack of food and sleep during the trial. (AFP Photo/Natalia Kolesnikova)
 
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Russian prosecutors on Tuesday asked for a three year jail sentence for the three female members of Pussy Riot, saying their crime of singing an anti-Vladimir Putin song in a church was so “severe” they deserved isolation.

“This crime is severe and the prosecution considers that their correction is only possible in conditions of isolation from society and the punishment needed must be a real deprivation of freedom,” the state prosecutor told the court.

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