MOSCOW (AP) Members of a feminist Russian punk band on trial for performing a stunt against Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral sought to dismiss their judge on Monday, accusing him in court of being politically biased and ignoring their side of the story.
The Pussy Riot members also said they did not mean to hurt anyone’s religious feelings when they performed a “punk prayer” in Christ the Saviour cathedral against Putin’s return to the Russian presidency.
“We’ve been made scapegoats,” said band member Maria Alekhina.
But the Judge refused to listen to any of the motions of the defense, and the daily 12-hour court sessions on hooliganism charges continued.
The three women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23; Alekhina, 24; and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 have been in custody for five months following their stunt. The band members, who are facing a seven-year sentence if