Pussy Riot members sentenced to 2 years of jail - found guilty of hooliganismPosted on 17/08/12
A judge has ruled on the fate of 3 members of the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot today. The verdict: the 3 have been found guilty of hooliganism and have each been sentenced to 2 years of jail. The verdict can be appealed within 10 days. And all that for singing a (bad) protest song in a church.
The band have been on trial on hooliganism charges for an anti-Kremlin protest in February in Moscow's main cathedral singing the song "Mother of God, chase Putin out".
The trial was - according to western standards - a complete joke with lots of references to god mixed throughout the hearings. Here are some excerpts from the WSJ live blog:
- The normal functioning of the Church was violated.
- Judge just said the band members' clothes did not obey the Russian Orthodox church code (headscarfs, long skirts).
- Judge just said one of the Pussy Riot members "imitated demonic attacks."
- The judge is making frequent references to the colorful nature of Pussy Riot's dresses, tights, etc.
- Yet again the judge says this occurred at the "address of God."
- The judge says the women's clothing was not acceptable for church.
- Judge says Pussy Riot uttered "offensive words" for Orthodox believers.
It remains to be seen if Putin will abuse the sentence to later show clemency and set them free. The 'offer' would end in a perfect PR job by Putin and Co.
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Posted by B. Van Isacker
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