Two members of Pussy Riot remain imprisoned for their defiant “punk prayer” at a Moscow cathedral. Now the video of their protest against Vladimir Putin could be cut off from Russia as well, after a Moscow court deemed footage of their punk performance “extremist.”
The ruling handed down Thursday by a Moscow court could soon require Russian Internet providers to block access to the video, Russian news outlets reported. The ban will go into effect after a brief period if the court ruling isn't appealed.
The condemned video captures five members of the punk collective dancing and shouting at the altar of a Moscow cathedral in a defiant performance it called “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out.” Music was added to the video afterward.
The punk protest led three members of Pussy Riot to be convicted in August of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." One of the band members was later freed, but two are serving two-year sentences in remote prison colonies.
While many Russians found the protest distasteful, the case grabbed international attention and was slammed by rights groups as part of a widening government crackdown on dissent.