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Russia's Pussy Riot jailed for two years, sparking worldwide protests

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Supporters of Russian punk-rock group Pussy Riot rally in Times Square on Friday.

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A supporter of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot is reflected off a wall during a protest outside the Russian consulate in Toronto on Friday.

Reuters reports: Three women from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail on Friday for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, a ruling supporters described as his "personal revenge".

The group's backers burst into chants of "Shame" outside the Moscow courthouse and said the case showed Putin was cracking down on dissent in his new six-year term as president. Dozens were detained by police when scuffles broke out. Read the full story.

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Police detain a supporter of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" members for violation of law and order outside a court building in Moscow on Friday.

Critics say the arrest was Putin's personal revenge, raising questions about justice in Russia. NBC's Duncan Golestani reports.