Russian punk band members jailed

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A demonstrator stands in a picket in support of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot whose members face prison for a stunt against President Vladimir Putin, in front of the Savior of Spilled Blood Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. A Moscow judge has sentenced each of three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison on hooliganism charges following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance to dissent. ( AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved an amnesty which lawyers said would free two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot and enable 30 people arrested in a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling avoid trial. (Reuters)

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