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Russia fines Pussy Riot activists for hanging pride flags

Russian courts fine two Pussy Riot activists for hanging rainbow flags on several government buildings last month to mark President Vladimir Putin’s birthday.

On October 7, Putin’s 68th birthday, members of the anti-Kremlin punk group draped the flags associated with LGBT pride on buildings in Moscow including Russia’s Supreme Court and the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Two Moscow district courts hand Pussy Riot activists Maria Alyokhina and Veronika Nikulshina fines of 15,000 rubles ($198) and 10,000 rubles ($132) respectively for their roles in the stunt, lawyer Sergei Telnov says.

“We will definitely appeal these decisions in Moscow and if they don’t overturn them, in the European Court of Human Rights,” Telnov says, noting that the Moscow courts charged the activists with violating Russia’s legislation on mass gatherings.

— AFP

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