2012-03-11 10:08:00

Russian feminist punk rock musicians' arrest appealed

Moscow, March 11, Interfax - Lawyers have appealed the arrest of two members of a feminist punk rock band for performing a song inside one of Moscow's largest Orthodox churches that outraged clergy and worshipers, Nikolay Polozov, a lawyer for the artists, told Interfax.

On March 5, Moscow's Tagansky Court confirmed an order that Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, performers of the Pussy Riot band, stay in custody until April 24.

Pussy Riot sang a song in front of the altar in the massive Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior on February 21 that the group described as a "punk prayer" but many of the worshipers who were present saw as blasphemous.