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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.

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Poll shows Russians 'irritated or indifferent' to Pussy Riot case

While there have been protests outside the court in support of Pussy Riot, they were joined by those who were hoping for a lengthier sentence.

An opinion poll of Russians released by the independent Levada research group on Friday illustrates how many ordinary Russian feel about the case:

  • 6% had sympathy with the women
  • 51% said they found nothing good about them or felt irritation or hostility
  • the rest were unable to say or were indifferent

Valentina Ivanova, 60, a retired doctor, said outside the courtroom:

What they did showed disrespect towards everything, and towards believers first of all.

Maria Butilno, 60, who held an icon and said Pussy Riot had insulted the faithful went on to say:

Evil must be punished.

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