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There's a Riot Going On 

If you're new to Pussy Riot, here's a quick primer: they're a Moscow-based feminist punk band bent on challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin's policies and rule. They're also given to staging guerrilla performances decked out in balaclavas. One such performance took place in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior, at least until security put an end to it. Not long after "Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!" a video of the performance at the Cathedral was released, two members of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years of imprisonment on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Since then, rock and pop icons including Madonna, Sting and Yoko Ono have embraced the band and their cause.

60 Minutes recently aired a compelling report on the band from Lesley Stahl. Check it out. You may find Pussy Riot appalling, you may find them innocuous. But you'll definitely find them intelligent, earnest and committed.

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