President makes call suring visit to London
David Renshaw

11:25 3rd August 2012

Vladimir Putin has called for Russian authorities to not make an example of Russian punk band Pussy Riot during their upcoming trial.

The all female band were arrested for singing a song criticising Putin, the Russian President, at a protest in Moscow and now face up to seven years in prison.

However, facing increased pressure from musicians including Jarvis Cocker and Madonna, Putin has stated his belief that leniency should be used in the trial. Currently in the UK, Putin said: "There is nothing good in what they did [but] I don't think they should be judged too severely," according to BBC News. 

Yesterday it was reported that the members of Pussy Riot have been denied food and water during their imprisonment in Russia.

Meanwhile, the Russian church have claimed that the band have 'sinned against God'.

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