Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were nominated for the he European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
They made an unscheduled anti- appearance at the Moscow Saviour Cathedral, on February 21.
Performing a ‘punk prayer’ from the altar their ‘Holy Shit’ song , was a “condemnation of the Russian Orthodox church’s close ties to Putin,” said a YouTube post.
“Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin,” they sang, “chase Putin out!”
The prize will instead go to jailed Iranians: human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi.
The Pussy Riot three were convicted of hooliganism “inspired by religious hatred”. In August, a Moscow court sentenced them to two years each in the gulags, Russia’s infamous penal colonies.
Samutsevich was later released on appeal, says the Moscow Times.