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INDEX INTERVIEW: “Punk prayer is not a crime,” says released Pussy Riot member

Freed Pussy Riot member Ekaterina Samutsevich talks to Elena Vlasenko about protest and politics in Russia, and tells her the feminist punk band is here to stay

Five bizarre blasphemy cases

Five bizarre blasphemy cases

Sara Yasin looks at some disturbing cases of censorship in the name of religious offence

Russia: Pussy Riot found guilty

Russia: Pussy Riot found guilty

Index on Censorship condemns the sentencing of feminist punk group Pussy Riot to two years in prison.

PLUS: Pussy Riot versus the Religarchy

UK: Leading musicians call for Pussy Riot release

Several leading musicians have called on Russian president Vladimir Putin to ensure the three members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot, in court on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, are given a fair hearing. In a letter to the Times (£) today, musicians including Alex Kapranis of rock band

Pussy Riot versus the Religarchy

With the opening of the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow this week, Elena Vlasenko explains why the feminist punk collective is a threat to the church-state axis of Putin's Russia

Russia: Pussy Riot detention extended

Russia: Pussy Riot detention extended

Three members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot have had their detention extended by a further six months by a Moscow court, reports say [ru]. Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Semutsevic will remain in jail until at least January 2013, with their detention already being extended from 24 June to late

Russia: Judge extends detention of anti-Putin punk group Pussy Riot

A Russian court has ruled that three members of political punk rock group Pussy Riot will remain in prison until late July. The group of feminists performed an unauthorised “punk prayer” at the pulpit of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in February, calling for the fall of Vladimir Putin. The court judge

Russian punk collective Pussy Riot speaks exclusively to Index

Russian punk collective Pussy Riot speaks exclusively to Index

The Russian feminist collective tells Index's Elena Vlasenko they will continue to speak out, in spite of arrests and harassment

Russian authorities ramp up political prosecutions

Russian authorities ramp up political prosecutions

In a "repressive" decision, Moscow city court refuse to release two members of punk feminist group Pussy Riot. Elena Vlasenko reports

Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot face trial for cathedral protest

Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot face trial for cathedral protest

Tena Prelec reports from the hooliganism trial of Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot

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