Russian punk band members jailed

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Demonstrators with painted faces chant slogans in support of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot whose members face prison for a stunt against President Vladimir Putin, in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Pussy Riot members, two of whom have young children, are charged with hooliganism connected to religious hatred, but the case is widely seen as a warning that authorities will only tolerate opposition under tightly controlled conditions. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved an amnesty which lawyers said would free two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot and enable 30 people arrested in a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling avoid trial. (Reuters)

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