Layoffs At Spin

Layoffs At Spin
Following its acquisition by music/celebrity website conglomerate Buzzmedia earlier this month, Spin magazine has let go several members of its editorial staff, including Editor-in-Chief Steve Kandell, Managing Editor Catherine Davis, Associate Editor Melissa Giannini and Spin.com news editor Devon Maloney, among others. Charles Aaron will remain as editorial director. Despite the layoffs, Buzzmedia has plans to double the size of Spin's editorial team, according to Billboard.biz, even as it continues to evaluate the viability of a print edition. (7/30)

Punk Band On Trial In Russia For Putin Protest
Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot — Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich — are on trial and could face up to seven years in prison after being accused of an unsanctioned performance in February at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral in which the all-female trio protested against Vladimir Putin's administration, singing "throw Putin out." The band is being charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility, but the members have pleaded not guilty, claiming their motives were "exclusively political." (7/30)  

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