Russian punk band to face jail sentences at end of five-month trial, arrests made outside court
Michael Baggs

12:49 17th August 2012

Russian Punk trio Pussy Riot have been found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" by a Russian court at the end of their five-month Moscow trial.

The trial has today resulted in arrests outside the courtroom, as The Guardian reports, former Chess champion Gart Kasparov was among protesters campaignin against the trio's jailing.

All three members of Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in prison each. The prosecution was seeking a three year sentence but mitigating circumstances such as the band having families, no previous, were taken into consideration.

The lawyer working for Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, a Russian punk band who broke in to a Moscow church to protest against Vladimir Putin, previouslt said that he expected his clients to be jailed.

Speaking to Channel 4 he highlighted the fact that the judge in the trial has only acquitted one case of this nature from 178 cases in the past 3 years.

The Pussy Riot trial has picked up major traction after a number of high profile musicians called for Pussy Riot to be released from the jail they have awaited trial in since February. The trial has raised issues about human rights in Russia, especially after it was claimed the band members were denied food and water whilst in prison.

Paul McCartney, Madonna, Jarvis Cocker, Bjork and many more have all become involved in the case.

Vladimir Putin himself has also called for 'leniency' in the trial.