Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich Has 'No Regrets' Over The Group's Protest

Member of the group marks the infamous performance anniversary and talks about the aftermath.

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It's been a year since the Russian punk group Pussy Riot has staged their infamous protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral. Group member Yekaterina Samutsevich has recently marked the event's anniversary, adding that she is glad the society has become more aware of the problem they were pointing out.

"I have no regrets about the performance. Many people who did not know about the problem became aware of it, the problem in our society, in the Russian Church", Samutsevich tells the Associated Press.

The "punk prayer" protest took place on Feb. 21, 2012 with the group praying to Virgin Mary to "drive Putin away" from Russia. The incident has caused fury of both the Church and Putin supporters, eventually leading to three of the group members being sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism.

Samutsevich was freed after an appeal in October 2012, but the other two Pussy Riot members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, still remain in jail. Russia has also officially banned the performance footage under the "extremism" law, generally targeted at neo-Nazi and terrorist groups.

The band insists that the protest is by no means aimed at religion, but at the ties the Church has with the Russian government. Finally, despite being proud of the work she has done with Pussy Riot, Samutsevich went on to explain that in hindsight, she "would have thought more about legal defense".

So even a year after, the group's performance is still reaching news headlines. Post your opinions about the whole situation in the comments section below.

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    Lucky for them they didn't do this in Pakistan or some other Muslim country...they'd be accused of blasphemy and executed.
    I can't really come up with any smart ass thing to say.. But not alot of people have regrets about pussy when it is good.
    who the hell cares-just a publicity thing now people know who they are.