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Pussy Riot: Police Still Hunting Suspects
Amanda Barokh , August 21st, 2012 07:26

Russian police force still trying to track down further members of the collective

The world is still reeling from Friday’s Pussy Riot verdict, but Russia's police force is turning up the heat on the collective. A spokesperson confirmed that police are now on the hunt for the remaining members of Pussy Riot, report Reuters.

The suspects have not yet been identified and police have not confirmed how many women they are searching for. However, Pussy Riot lawyer Mark Feigen believes that police know the identity of the other two members as they have video surveillance footage of them walking into the church. He suggests that police have deliberately not revealed the suspects’ identities in order to quash further dissidence. He told Reuters, "If you put some unidentified persons on the wanted list, then you can arrest whoever you want in a balaclava."

Following their performance of a "punk prayer" in Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral, three members of the group (pictured) - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30 - were each convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and each received a two year jail sentence.

Fear of retribution has not yet deterred the other members of Pussy Riot from continuing to protest. A new song, ‘Putin is Lighting the Fires of Revolution’ was released on Friday by the collective.

Support for Pussy Riot has been flooding in from across the globe. Madonna performed recently with the band’s name scrawled across her back, and Stephen Fry wrote a letter denouncing Russia for its “monstrous injustice and preposterous tyranny”.

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