2012-08-17 11:55:00

Pro-Pussy Riot action averted in Moscow metro

Moscow, August 17, Interfax - Passengers in the Moscow metro averted an attempt to support the punk group Pussy Riot, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

"A young man tried to put balaclavas similar to those worn by the Pussy Riot activists in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on the heads of bronze guerillas in the passage from the Belorusskaya Circle Line platform to the Belorusskaya Zamoskvoretskaya Line platform around 8:00 a.m. on Friday," the Interfax correspondent reported.

The man was photographed by two other young men, who, according to eyewitnesses, came to the monument together with the perpetrator.

The men's actions infuriated metro passengers, who dragged him from the monument and removed the balaclavas. The men were handed over to the police by the metro passengers.

One of the passengers told the Interfax correspondent such actions insult the feelings of the people of Russia and Belarus, whose fathers and grandfathers died in the name of the future generations.

Several Pussy Riot punk band members wearing masks staged an anti-Putin performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral on February 21, 2012. The action triggered a broad public response. A criminal case was opened on the basis of Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code (hooliganism). The crime is punishable by up to seven years in prison. Three singers - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina - were detained on hooliganism charges.

The Moscow Khamovnichesky Court will announce the sentence to the three punk group activists at 3:00 p.m. today.