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Sentencing of Pussy Riot Punk Band Members in Russia


Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 17, 2012

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The United States is concerned about both the verdict and the disproportionate sentences handed down by a Moscow court in the case against the members of the band Pussy Riot and the negative impact on freedom of expression in Russia.

We urge Russian authorities to review this case and ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld.



PRN: 2012/1323

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