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Third member of “Pussy Riot” charged over punk prayer

Published time: March 16, 2012 17:36
Edited time: July 05, 2012 16:46

Protests in support of "Pussy Riot" (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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A Moscow court has arrested a third member of the punk band "Pussy Riot" today on hooliganism charges.

Irina Loktina, who had earlier acted as a witness in this case, will remain in jail until April 24.

Later she was identified as one a participant in the protest performance at Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Three weeks ago, the group stormed the church wearing masks. They played an anti-Putin song called "Punk prayer."

Of the five women who took part, three have been identified and charged with hooliganism. They now face up to seven years in jail.