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Russian court to hear jailed Pussy Riot's appeal.

London, Oct 1 ( ANI ): A Russian court is set to hear the appeal of jailed punk rockers Pussy Riot against a two-year prison camp sentence for performing an anti-Putin song in a cathedral.

The three band members, Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were found guilty of 'hooliganism' motivated by 'religious hatred' in August this year.

Their two-year imprisonment sparked condemnation in many parts of the world.

According to the BBC, their lawyers have said that they doubt their appeal would be successful.

Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Church said that clemency should be possible for the trio as long as they repented what they called their 'punk prayer'.

The Church said that though the women's action 'cannot be left unpunished', if they showed penitence and reconsideration of their action, their words 'shouldn't be left unnoticed'. ( ANI )

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