AFP
July 9, 2012

photoNadezhda Tolokonnikova can tell you; in Russia, you don’t disrespect the president.

A Russian court on Monday ruled hunger-striking punks Pussy Riot must stay in jail ahead of their trial for an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a church, despite pleas from backers including media magnate Alexander Lebedev.

Moscow city court rejected an appeal against the three young women’s detention after they went on a hunger strike last Wednesday over a decision to curtail their time to read case materials.

Backers in the courtroom included Lebedev, who owns Britain’s The Independent and Evening Standard dailies and co-owns Russia’s liberal thrice-weekly Novaya Gazeta.

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