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Russia: Pussy Riot found guilty
17 Aug 2012
BY SARA YASIN

Demotix Three members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot were today found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” by a Moscow court, and sentenced to two years in prison.

Kirsty Hughes, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, said:

“In Putin’s Russia, free expression has become a crime. The women of Pussy Riot should be released immediately  — and should never have been  put through this absurd case.  Artistic expression is not a crime — it’s a right, and an integral part of all free societies.  The PussyRiot verdict is the latest indication that Vladimir Putin’s Russia does not respect human rights and is sliding backwards to dictatorship”.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevic were arrested in March, after performing a 40-second “punk prayer” against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Church. The case has been condemned by activists as being politically motivated, and has drawn criticism from well-known musicians from across the globe.

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6 responses to “Russia: Pussy Riot found guilty”

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  6. max walyer says:

    Try to do the same thıng ın Saınt Peter church (Rome), or ın Notre Dame(Parıs), or ın Saınt Paul cathedral (London) and lets see what happen! Freedom for Julıan Assange!!!