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.

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Pussy Riot reaction from Russia and around the world

The New York Times describes the sentence as "stiff":

"A Moscow judge handed down stiff prison sentences of two years on Friday afternoon for three young women who staged a protest against Vladimir V. Putin."

In France, La Figaro describes the lack of hope that the women might be freed before the sentence was announced:

"The guilty verdict was no longer any doubt. But the severity of the sentence remained an unknown. The three members of the Russian Pussy Riot were convicted Friday by a Moscow court to two years of confinement in a camp."

Izvestia, a Russian broadsheet newspaper has said that lawyers expect an appeal:

"Lawyers believe that prisoners have a chance to get leniency or a long delay - two of them have young children. Or make a priority of the case to the European Court."

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