Russian Punks Pussy Riot Collective To Be Held In Custody

21 April 2012 | 3:45 pm | Staff Writer

Pussy Riot members lose appeal to be released on bail.

Three members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot, arrested after a protest they staged in February,  had their request to be relesaed on bail turned down.

UK newspaper The Telegraph reports the three women could face up to seven years in jail if convicted of aggravated holliganism charges.

The Pussy Riot members were arrested for performing a "punk prayer" at Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral, ahead of the recent Russian elections which saw Vladimir Putin elected for another term as President.

The collective came to global attention, with their brightly coloured clothing and knitted balaclavas, with their February arrest and are now subject of many online campaigns to free them.

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