Russia

Jail Won't Stop Pussy Riot

Non-arrested members continue activism; released new anti-Putin song last week.

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Pussy Riot has everything most aspiring bands dream of: worldwide recognition, fan support from megastars like Madonna and Paul McCartney, and offers to tour and record wherever it wants, whenever it wants.

However, unlike many aspiring bands, Pussy Riot faces a major hurdle: prison.

Last week, on the day a Moscow court sentenced three women of Pussy Riot to two years in prison after being convicted of "hooliganism," for their profane protest performance at an Orthodox cathedral this past February, the group released its newest song online. The dueling realities of pop-music promotion and courtroom reality made this group a household name, and it doesn't appear the group's momentum will wane anytime soon.