Three feminist rockers facing trial for performing a "punk prayer" against Vladimir Putin from a church pulpit have thanked their supporters in a letter from prison.
The members of the Pussy Riot band were arrested after their February stunt at Moscow's main Christ the Savior cathedral two weeks before March's presidential vote, in which they asked Mother Mary to deliver Russia from Putin's third presidential term.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23 years old, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 face up to seven years if convicted on hooliganism charges. Their prosecution has caused public outcry.
They said in a letter posted on Ekho Moskvy radio's website Wednesday that what some see as their "insolence and impudence" is merely a sarcastic response to a lack of justice.