Russia has moved to ban videos by Pussy Riot punks as extremist after a court rejected a complaint by a freed member of the band, paving the way for the possible blocking of websites. It is an offence to distribute or publish anything from the Justice Ministry's blacklist, but it is not yet clear how the ban will be implemented. The videos include one showing the women's performance in Moscow's Church of Christ the Saviour. A video of this has been viewed on YouTube almost 2.5 million times. Google, which owns YouTube, said after the November ruling it could only decide on whether to block video materials when given copies of court documents listing specific links.

AFP