White House weighs in on the big story of the day

August 17, 2012

The White House talks Pussy Riot.

At his daily briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration is "disappointed by the verdict, including the disproportionate sentences that were granted.  While we understand the group’s behavior was offensive to some, we have serious concerns about the way that these young women have been treated by the Russian judicial system."

Three Russian feminist punk rockers were sentenced to two years in prison today for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after protesting President Vladimir Putin in a cathedral.

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