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Denied bail, they were held in custody until their trial began in late July.On August 17, 2012, the three members were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", and each was sentenced to two years' imprisonment.For this reason, all of Pussy Riot's performances were illegal and used co-opted public space.

Group concerns include education, health care, and the centralization of power, and the group supports regional autonomy and grass roots organizing.

Members regard unsanctioned rallies as a core principle, saying that authorities do not see rallies that they have sanctioned as a threat and simply ignore them.

"Your ballots will be used as toilet paper by the Presidential Administration", the group said on its blog.

Their first video was uploaded to You Tube on November 6.

Pussy Riot's performances can either be called dissident art or political action that engages art forms.

Either way, our performances are a kind of civic activity amidst the repressions of a corporate political system that directs its power against basic human rights and civil and political liberties.

Several masked women performed "Osvobodi Bruschatku" ("Release the Cobblestones") atop a scaffold in a Moscow subway and from the top of trolley cars, while tearing apart down feather pillows, showering feathers onto the train platform below.

The song recommended that Russians protest upcoming parliamentary elections by throwing cobblestones during street clashes.

Pussy Riot saw themselves as feminist artists who were influenced by the riot grrrl movement and musical groups such as Bikini Kill, Oi!

, Cockney Rejects and by writers, activists and artists like Alexandra Kollontai, Judith Butler, Karen Finley, Simone de Beauvoir and Vladimir Bukovsky.

On March 3, 2012, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with hooliganism.

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