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British pop stars demand fair trial for Russian rockers

  • 2 Aug 2012
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LONDON (AFP)
 face up to 7 years in jail for performing an anti-Putin song in a church

One of the accused, Maria Alyokhina , collapsed on Wednesday after suffering a steep drop in blood sugar levels.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was expected to bring up the matter when he met with Putin, who was travelling to London for the Olympics.

Initial hearings in the trial earlier this month saw the court order the three members of the rock group stay in detention until January 2013, a move their supporters condemned as a travesty of justice.

In February, the three women climbed into an area reserved for priests in the Church of Christ the Saviour, the country's top Orthodox cathedral, and performed a "punk prayer" against Putin.

The trio -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina -- were all arrested in March. Several others also took part but were never arrested.

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