Amnesty urges PM to raise Pussy Riot issue with Putin

Rights group Amnesty International has urged the Prime Minister to raise the case of punk band Pussy Riot with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, who is visiting the UK today.

The group of leading musicians are on trial and facing prison for performing what they say was a "legitimate protest". Amnesty's Europe and Central Asia director John Dalhuisen said:

During Mr Putin's time in high office, Russia has become increasingly intolerant of legitimate dissent and the Pussy Riot trial is just the latest example of this.

By putting a group of women in balaclavas on trial, Russia's own mask has slipped.

David Cameron should politely - but firmly - tell it like it is on the Pussy Riot case: the trial is a disgrace and the charges should be dropped immediately.

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