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Pussy Riot court website hit with hacking attack

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A Moscow court has seen its website hit with a hacking attack as a reprisal for the sentencing of three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot to jail terms last week.

The website of Khamovnichesky District Court was defaced today with slogans criticising president Vladimir Putin.

Pussy Riot court website hacked


This was in response to the two-year prison sentences given to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina for performing a "punk prayer" criticising Putin at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral in February.

In a message posted on the court website, the group claimed to be associated with high profile 'hacktivists' Anonymous.

"We are American group Anonymous. We don't forget and we don't forgive," said the post, written in Russian.

"Justice system has to be transparent. Pussy [Riot's members] are alive," another post added.

Alongside the comments, the hackers also uploaded a new song by Pussy Riot, entitled Putin is Lighting the Fires of the Revolution, and a video by Bulgarian pop-folk singer, Azis.

A spokeswoman for the court told BBC News that the attack was spotted earlier today and the site was temporarily taken down.

Alyokhina, Tolokonnikova and Samutsevich were all found guilty last Friday of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and jailed for two years each.

There has been an international outcry at the sentences, with the US, UK and EU all branding them "disproportionate".

The band claims that their performance was highlighting the Russian Orthodox Church hierarchy's support for Putin, who was re-elected for a second term as president of Russia earlier in the year.

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