Friday, August 17, 2012

Russia's Pussy Riot Found Guilty; Get 2 Years in Jail

On Trial

ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images
Pussy Riot Behind Glass:  Three members of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot" (L to R): Yekaterina Samutsevich,  Maria Alyokhina &, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow on August 17, 2012.
Photo Credit: Andrey SmirnovAFP/Getty Images, 2012
Source: National Post
Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist activist group, was found guilty of "anti-religious hooliganism" by a Russian court today, and were sentenced to two years in jail. On trial were Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Marina Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30. The National Post reports:
Three members of a feminist punk band were found guilty on Friday of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for staging an anti-Kremlin protest in a church, in a case that supporters say put President Vladimir Putin’s tolerance of dissent on trial.
State prosecutors want the women from the Pussy Riot group jailed for three years over the protest in February in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, but the judge did not immediately issue a sentence as she read out the long verdict.
The three young women, in handcuffs, stood in silence in a glass courtroom cage and at times smiled and laughed to each other as the judge, Marina Syrova, read out the verdict.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Marina Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, stormed the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral in February wearing bright ski masks, tights and short skirts and sang a “punk prayer” urging the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin.
The three women had faced a maximum sentence of seven years; the prosecutor had recommended three years, and Putin himself has officially said that he hopes the sentence is not "too severe." While many Russians say that the three young women went too far with their act of dissent inside a church, the act was done to highlight the close ties between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kremlin—a long-standing relationship, the National Post reports. " Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and Samutsevich are educated, middle-class Russians who say their protest was intended to highlight close ties between the Russian Orthodox Church and Putin, not to offend believers."

The trial, which would be an insignificant local event in most western democracies, has become significant within Russia and internationally, chiefly because democracy and its legal and moral vehicle of dissent is not prominent and accepted in Russia.

You can read the rest of the article at [The National Post]




2 comments:

  1. Nothing supports the validity of the actions of Pussy Riot more than the fact that they were sentenced to prison.

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