The following month on the 3rd of March 2 alleged members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were arrested under the accusation of hooliganism. They have denied any involvement with Pussy Riot and announced a hunger strike. On the 16th of March Ekaterina Samutsevitch was also arrested. They face up to 7 years for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility.” In June the 3 were presented with formal charges, on the 4th of July they were informed they needed to finish preparing the defence in 5 days. Giving them 2 working days to finish preparing. On the 21st of July the court extended their pre-trial detention by an additional 6 months.
In Moscow's Khamovniki court Alyokhina apologised for getting up on church altar, and rejected any motive of religious hatred. Outside the trial supporters have been chanting 'Girls, we are with you!' and 'Victory!' Pussy Riot members have stated that the actions taken against their sisters shows Putin is scared of them and Amnesty International say: "If President Putin and his cronies successfully carry out this aggressive assault on freedom of expression and the due process rights of these young women, it will embolden governments all around the world that would use censorship and illegitimate detention to suppress the voice of the people."
And so Pussy Riot, Olympia Washington has begun, holding a protest in a cinema. In Pussy Riot style balaclavas they took over the projector and played in front of the screen that displayed images and videos of Pussy Riot. Proving Kot, of Pussy Riot correct when she said: “We have nothing to worry about, because if the repressive Putinist police crooks throw one of us in prison, five, ten fifteen or more girls will put on colorful balaclavas and continue the fight against their symbols of power.”
As I write this @FreePussyRiot have retweeted a bystander who says there are 3 ambulances outside the Pussy Riot trial, the ambulance drivers don't seem to know why they are there: “for the victims i guess, who knows, they called us, so we're here”.
I double triple f**king dare ya, girlfriends to take courage and use your RIGHTS! RIGHTS! YOU DO HAVE RIGHTS! We are all Pussy Riot! And we want revolution GRRRL STYLE NOW!