‘‘It’s hard to find sympathy for people who would do that to people’s faith,’’ King said.
The United States and European Union have condemned the jailing of the Pussy Riot members.
Rohrabacher, however, lamenting the ‘‘sinister way’’ U.S. politicians discuss Russia and Putin, said he wished they would have more appreciation for the changes that have taken place.
‘‘Most of my friends in Congress don’t even know that the churches are open now,’’ he said.
The congressional delegation also included Michele Bachmann, but she made no public appearances and left before Sunday’s news conference. The Minnesota Republican arrived in Russia last week shortly after announcing that she would not seek reelection in 2014.
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