Russian Police Searching for More Members of Pussy Riot

Russian Police Searching for More Members of Pussy Riot
Just days after a trio of women from Russian punk unit Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," Moscow police have revealed they're attempting to track down more members involved with the project.

As the Guardian reports, Russian officials have confirmed they are searching for other members of the balaclava-sporting group due to their participation in the "punk prayer" that was performed at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral last February. However, the suspects have yet to be identified.

It's currently unclear just how many Pussy Riot members are being sought out or if they face arrest on similar charges as the band's Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samusevich, but a representative for the Moscow police told the Interfax news agency that "The necessary search operations are being conducted."

Another police spokesperson for Moscow's central district said that members of Pussy Riot are wanted for questioning in connection to a separate criminal case, though details have yet to be released.

Since the guilty verdict was handed out to Alekhina, Tolokonnikova and Samusevich on Friday (August 17), a number of figures in the music community have weighed in on the judgement, calling the sentences unbalanced and harsh. Protests have also taken place worldwide.

The jailed members of Pussy Riot have been in custody since March.