Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of female Russian punk band Pussy Riot, sits inside a defendants cage in a Moscow court, on July 4, 2012, during the hearings on the Pussy Riot case. Three members of the all-woman punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ were detained two months ago, after they climbed on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral — the country’s central place of worship — and sang a song they called a ‘Punk Prayer’. The women have been charged with hooliganism committed by an organised group — an unusually harsh charge for protesters. Getty
In case you haven’t been following the story, here’s an explainer courtesy of Mother Jones.