Russia claim foreign criticism of Pussy Riot trial is 'biased'

Russia said foreign criticism of the trial and sentencing of three members of punk band Pussy Riot for a protest against President Vladimir Putin is "biased" and politically motivated.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said: "The case ... has served only as an occasion for the latest wave of rushed, biased and politically charged evaluations".

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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.