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Anti-Putin feminist punks on trial in Moscow

MOSCOW — A Moscow court began the trial Friday of three feminist rockers who face a possible seven years in prison for performing a ‘‘punk prayer’’ against Vladimir Putin from the pulpit of Russia’s largest cathedral.

The case of the three musicians has deeply divided Russia, pitting advocates of openness against the forces of order and the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. The three had been held in jail for more than four months without a single court hearing.

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