Kremlin sows hate with harsh Pussy Riot verdict

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/commentary-on-verdict-in-pussy-riot-trial-a-850696.html

The three members of Pussy Riot on trial in Moscow have received sentences of two years in jail. With the harsh verdict on the harmless artists, Russian President Vladimir Putin has committed a serious mistake: He is provoking the opposition to more aggression toward the state.

The outcome was exactly what had been feared. On Friday, a Moscow district court found three members of the punk band Pussy Riot guilty. They were each sentenced to two years in prison. It was a verdict that surely would not have been delivered against the will of President Vladimir Putin.

The public debate in Russia over the handling of the three musicians — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina — was passionate and controversial. Writers, artists and intellectuals expressed their solidarity with the defendants.

The trial drew no shortage of criticism on the uncensored radio station Echo Moskvy, which is sympathetic to the opposition, and other radio stations, as well as in daily and weekly newspapers. The debate was a far cry from what would have been the case in a totalitarian society. Compared to the Soviet Union of the 1980s, a state without freedom of speech or freedom of travel, today’s Russia has come a long way.

That, however, is little consolation in the light of current events in Moscow. Russia’s powerful seem to be unaware of the degree to which the politicized trial of Pussy Riot is a symptom of the deep crisis that currently afflicts Russian society.

It was inevitable that the stunt by the punk band in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior would provoke objections. By entering the altar space and insulting the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church as a “suka” (“bitch”) in their song, the band hurt the feelings of many believers.

The performance, with its “blasphemous words which insult Christians,” had deeply shocked “the faithful of all religious communities,” read a statement by the Interreligious Council of Russia, which was also signed by the Federation of Jewish Communities.

Some Orthodox Christians also separately called for the activists to be severely punished. One arch-abbot even went so far as to write, in a Moscow weekly paper, that “the country will go under if you do not punish profanity.”

The court has now ruled that the three women had been “motivated by religious enmity and hatred.” But those in power seem not to understand that the Church and state are doing themselves a disservice by locking up the three young women, two of whom are mothers of small children.

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not sure about this group of ladies..and i certainly dont understand how they can be jailed for singing songs..i thought russia was secular? there maybe other elements at play here..

401

~ by seeker401 on August 21, 2012.

20 Responses to “Kremlin sows hate with harsh Pussy Riot verdict”

  1. Notice one of the members has the fist logo coined by the Optor!/CANVAS movement. It’s probably a contributing factor why Putin wants them silenced.

  2. when the western msm is hyping something you know there’s something totally and definitely wrong!! Damn pussies, go away! They are nothing.
    In my eyes just a western try to destabilisate Russia and Putin.

    Just think about it: what would happen if the Pussy Riot would perform their shit in a Synagoge instead of a russion church and insult the praying people there. The medias would fucking freaking – 2 years would not be enough.

  3. unfortunately people here with their “free pussy riot”-signs and stuff are too stupid to see. punks? hahahaha!

  4. Follow the otpor! sign through the last 20 years: Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and now Egypt. Just a hint, mate

  5. is ‘they’ old s ocialist i nternational all over
    fell bad for the band :( are use by ‘they’ as many times bfore ‘they’ use m usicians for ‘they’ benefit
    ‘they’ are in full force right now with ll this doomdsay -revolt -scenarios some of ‘they’ h ollywood-tv shows like r evolution /last r esort/
    not fan of p utin either but he can be at force to stop ‘they iknow some PLP like M akow think is at puppet of the S tates .
    time will tell and that time seem is now

    http://pjmedia.com/mihaipacepa/2012/06/04/the-socialist-mask-of-marxism/?singlepage=true

  6. They’re just punk rockers, free them!

    • uhm, no, they are otpor agents and deserve jail. there’s a slight possibility that they are just very very stupid dupes, but they could correct that by denouncing otpor.

      reminds me of the ‘riot grrrrl!’ movement in seattle in the 90s. it accomplished absolutely nothing except to create some music careers for hateful, electoral scumbags.

  7. Hate to be crude but these “pussy riot” girls are simply degenerate bitches.

    http://blog.kp.ru/users/markusan/post226185220/

    http://www.upvideo.nl/Node.aspx?id=d0rk&vid=W5-ZG1cC70mkncV-vVHWRA&sr=1

    Frankly, 2 years in prison can only do good to them.

    • um..wtf..one link i had to kill..to graphic..they seem to be into some strange stuff

      • just seems like basic bland punkstuff … i used to hang at the mabuhay gardens in the early 80s (google it), so it all seems old, tired, and made up to me. oh right! just like the fist and their whole tired, recycled, fake-as-hell production.

        i don’t really wish russian prison on them, as we were saying it’s possible that they are just very stupid.

      • this is bland? http://plucer.livejournal.com/55710.html :)

      • sex was invented a long, long time ago. the orgy was invented not long after. but it wasn’t really until the renaissance that it was done as art. as for sex-as-activism, the lysistrata comes to mind…

        but the best example i can think of is http://fuckforforest.com … click on the “eco projects” link to see the *actual* land-and-community-saving work they are supporting – through their public fucking. and you wont see any otpor fists either – and the all-seeing eye is turned into a vaginal fuck you!

      • rtytht

        OMG..what a site!

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