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Russian Orthodox Church: ECHR’s ruling on Pussy Riot a blow to religious freedom in Europe

The European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) decision to reject Moscow’s appeal against the сompensation to female punk band Pussy Riot has infringed the rights of millions of believers, Russia’s Orthodox Church said. With no further means to challenge the ruling, Russia’s Justice Ministry said on Wednesday that the compensation will be paid in full as the country always thoroughly executes all of the ECHR’s decisions. In July, the Strasbourg court ordered Russia to pay the three members of the scandalous band €37,000 in damages as well as €11,760 more for costs and expenses. The judges said that the right to self-expression of the balaclava-wearing artists were violated after they were handed two-year prison sentences for an unsanctioned political protest at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow in 2012.

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