Hard Line Could Backfire Kremlin Sows Hate with Harsh Pussy Riot Verdict

The three members of Pussy Riot on trial in Moscow have received sentences of two years in jail. With the harsh verdict on the harmless artists, Russian President Vladimir Putin has committed a serious mistake: He is provoking the opposition to more aggression toward the state.
A protest in support of Pussy Riot in front of the Russian delegation to the European Union in Brussels on Friday.

A protest in support of Pussy Riot in front of the Russian delegation to the European Union in Brussels on Friday.

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Photo Gallery: International Support for Pussy Riot
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Photo Gallery: International Support for Pussy Riot