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Jersey students join Pussy Riot support campaign

Three members of Pussy Riot
Image caption Three members of the band were initially arrested, before two were found guilty of "hooliganism"

Students in Jersey have pledged their support to members of a Russian band imprisoned following a protest performance against Vladimir Putin.

Pupils of Le Rocquier School and Highlands College have encouraged people to sign hundreds of postcards that will be sent to Pussy Riot.

The move is part of the Amnesty Jersey Group's annual greeting card campaign.

Two members of the group were sent to prison, charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred".

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were part of Pussy Riot when the group performed in Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral.

The performance saw the band perform a protest song against the Kremlin, and Mr Putin's ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Arrests were made in February 2012, and three members of the group were sentenced in August.

Yekaterina Samutsevich had her sentence suspended in October, while her two band-mates' two-year sentences were upheld.

The two schools in Jersey have asked members of the public to sign postcards on the first two Saturdays in December.

The initiative aims to tell prisoners of conscience that they have been remembered at Christmas.

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