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Pussy Riot found guilty of 'hooliganism' in Moscow

Putin still runs things as usual. Facing 3 years in jail.

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Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over a protest in a cathedral.

Judge Marina Syrova said the women had "crudely undermined social order" during their action in February.

The women say their "punk prayer" was a political act in protest against the Russian Orthodox Church leader's support of President Vladimir Putin.

Prosecutors are seeking a three-year jail sentence.

The verdict is still being read out.

Judge Syrova said Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, had offended the feelings of Orthodox believers and shown a "complete lack of respect".

"Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and Samutsevich committed hooliganism - in other words, a grave violation of public order," she said.

Along with other members of their band, the women staged a flashmob-style performance of their song close to the altar in the cathedral on 21 February.

Their brief, obscenity-laced performance, which implored the Virgin Mary to "throw Putin out", enraged the Orthodox Church - its leader Patriarch Kirill said it amounted to blasphemy.

Alyokhina, Tolokonnikova and Samutsevich, watching proceedings from inside a glass-walled cage in the courtroom, smiled as the widely predicted verdict was delivered.

On Thursday, Tolokonnikova had said she was "not bitter about being in jail". But, speaking through her lawyer on Twitter, she said: "Politically, I am furious."

"Our imprisonment serves as a clear and unambiguous sign that freedom is being taken away from the entire country," she said.

The women have been detained for the past five months.

Their defence lawyer said before the hearing that they were hoping for an acquittal, "but they are ready to continue to fight".

Large crowds of supporters have gathered outside the court in Moscow, including prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

However critics of the band are also protesting.

Some in Russian see the case as an attempt by the government to crack down on dissent.

Protests are being held around the world in support of the band members. The band have also had vocal support from artists including Paul McCartney and Madonna, and from politicians.
And here is a live running commentary http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012...?newsfeed=true

Didnt find anything about the case in the search so if theres another thread about the case, please re-direct me.

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Russia is such a backwards country sometimes it's embarrassing...

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Putin is of course to blame, but what about all those judges/police who have no courage whatsoever to stand up to him?

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This country (Russia) is so fucked up

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Re: Pussy Riot found guilty of 'hooliganism' in Moscow

It was expected though
Another decision which was made today in Moscow
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19293465

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Moscow's top court has upheld a ban on gay pride marches in the Russian capital for the next 100 years.

Earlier Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner, Nikolay Alexeyev, had gone to court hoping to overturn the city council's ban on gay parades.

He had asked for the right to stage such parades for the next 100 years.

He also opposes St Petersburg's ban on spreading "homosexual propaganda". The European Court of Human Rights has told Russia to pay him damages.

On Friday he said he would go back to the European Court in Strasbourg to push for a recognition that Moscow's ban on gay pride marches - past, present and future - was unjust.

The Moscow city government argues that the gay parade would risk causing public disorder and that most Muscovites do not support such an event.

In September, the Council of Europe - the main human rights watchdog in Europe - will examine Russia's response to a previous European Court ruling on the gay rights issue, Russian media report.

In October 2010 the court said Russia had discriminated against Mr Alexeyev on grounds of sexual orientation. It had considered Moscow's ban on gay parades covering the period 2006-2008.
don't know which one is more ridiculous

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Heheh, I loath the regime in Russia and all similar regimes in EE but I also would like to remind that those who think they are free are actually the easiest pray for mind-tyranny. Be careful people about your local "Pussy riot" and how they are presented to you and your countrymen.

The only surprise here is why PES is still silent and still has representatives of the "socialists" from Eastern Europe. Those people have no intention nor desire to adhere even on surface to the democratic values.
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3 years for Hooliganism? In the UK, hooligans are known as artists.
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2 years each in jail from the date of arrest so 19 months I think... Crazy.

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this is so fucked up. imagine someone entering a church in your city, shouting around a bit - and then being put in jail for 3 years? unbelievable.

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and then real criminals are free
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Such a dictatorship in 21th century in a European country. Putin needs to be dealt with.
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Don't call them punk band. They're rather political activists.

Anyway, after jail they will be like Gandhi or Tymoszenko

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our country is such a mess to put it mildly

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3 years for Hooliganism? In the UK, hooligans are known as artists.
and that's a good thing i think britain needs a putin

two years may be too much but they clearly committed a crime and were punished. end of the story.
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and that's a good thing i think britain needs a putin

two years may be too much but they clearly committed a crime and were punished. end of the story.
Shows how fucked up the justice system is in Russia (and most countries) when musicians get thrown in jail for playing music in a church and nobody is ever charged with the murder of dissidents If thats the system you think is good...

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