Amnesty: Pussy Riot verdict 'likely to backfire'

John Dalhuisen, Director of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Programme, said:

The Russian authorities should overturn the court ruling and release the members of Pussy Riot immediately and unconditionally.

In sentencing them to two years’ imprisonment, Russia has set the limits of freedom of expression in the wrong place.

This trial is another example of the Kremlin’s attempts to discourage and delegitimise dissent.

It is likely to backfire.

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Pussy Riot members flee Russia

Two women from the punk band Pussy Riot - who were being sought by Russian police - have fled the country, the band said.