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The Awl:

Despite healthy press attendance and even demonstrations in Moscow, Pussy Riot’s best defense has been taking shape off-stage, on the U.S. eastern seaboard, far away from the Moscow courtroom where they will receive a sentence tomorrow morning, our time. If the courtroom diary of Tolokonnikova’s husband, Pyotr Verzilov, is to be believed, the sentence is almost a certainty. The sympathetic punk rallies, growing trial coverage, and shout-outs from Jarvis Cocker and the Pet Shop Boys to Björk and Madonna (bozhe moi!) have turned Pussy Riot into a human-rights cause. Free Pussy Riot: It’s an outcome that at least one member of the group has worked toward her whole adult life.




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