Russia court bans ‘extremist’ Pussy Riot videos online
London: A Russian court has reportedly has ordered websites to remove video clips of feminist punk band Pussy Riot, two of whose members are in jail.
The clips include a crude anti-Kremlin song which they performed in Moscow's main cathedral in February, for which they were convicted.
According to the BBC, the ‘punk prayer’ has been viewed nearly 2.4 million times on YouTube.
In its ruling, the court called the clips “extremist”, and said that the websites that fail to remove the clips may be blocked.
The court said it had based its ruling on conclusions by a panel of experts who studied the footage, showing band members in colourful dresses, tights and ski masks dancing in front of the altar of Christ The Saviour Cathedral.
The Pussy Riot members have said their performance of the ‘punk prayer’ on 21 February was aimed at highlighting support given to Vladimir Putin by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.
Their brief, obscenity-laced performance implored the Virgin Mary to "throw Putin out".