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Pussy Riot are Victims of a Russian Witch Hunt

How is it possible that three women,Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina, members of the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, remaine locked up in a Moscow j the Russian Orthadox Church are the most responsible.  In any event, they are both despicable in their own right.

Pussy Riot are Victims of a Russian Witch Hunt

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THE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA AND THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH ARE TERRIFIED OF THESE WOMEN     


How is it possible that three women,Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina, members of the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, remaine locked up in a Moscow j the Russian Orthadox Church are the most responsible.  In any event, they are both despicable in their own right.

Just today a Court ruled the feminist punk rockers must remain in jail while police slowly investigate them for the crime of allegedly chanting a "punk prayer" against Putin from a church pulpit. 

The truth is the Five members of Pussy Riot—wearing brightly colored homemade ski masks and miniskirts,as shown in a video released by their attorneys actually never made any remarks.  They never got to as the authorities closed in on them.  The video shows that their only audible utterances were faint cries of "Lord's Crap" — a popular Russian expletive.
You have probably heard a different story or seen a different video.  In an article on the  video from the Moscow Times that discrepancy is explained:

video that was published online after the performance gave the impression of an impromptu concert by adding footage from another church where band members played a guitar and a medley of an Orthodox hymn and a punk song, titled "Blessed Virgin – Throw Out Putin."

 
While the court was busy doing its dirty work, twenty people were detained outside by police who were protesting this blatant injustice.  The protesters also had to fight off Orthodox activists.
Three band members—Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29—were arrested and face up to seven years in jail on hooliganism charges.  SEVEN YEARS...are you kidding me. Meanwhile more than one hundred Russian cultural figures have signed a letter to callling for the release of the women.  Among the signatories were figures who openly supported President Vladimir Putin in the last election, including Chulpan Khamatova, a popular actress and co-founder of the Gift of Life charity, and actor and theater director Yevgeny Mironov.  
Interfax reports:

The letter signed by 103 people is published in the Wednesday issue of Moskovsky Komsomolets.

 

"The criminal case against Pussy Riot compromises the Russian judicial system and undermines confidence in the government institutions on the whole," the letter says.

 

"We believe what Pussy Riot did is not a crime. The girls did not kill or rob anyone, they did not commit violence, and they did not destroy or steal someone else's property. Russia is a secular state, and no anticlerical deeds can be a reason for criminal prosecution unless they fall under Criminal Code articles; we believe the criminal case against Pussy Riot compromises the Russian judicial system and undermines confidence in the government institutions on the whole," it says.

 

Over the time the performers have been held behind bars, "an atmosphere of intolerance has been growing in society, which is leading to its split and radicalization," it says.

 

The movie actors, moviemakers, musicians, writers and other prominent figures who signed the letter acknowledge that they have mixed feelings about the moral and ethical aspect of the performance at the cathedral in February 2012, but insisted that they do not see "legitimate grounds for and practical sense in the further isolation of these young women not posing any real danger from society, especially considering that two of them are young moms."

Of course, a heavy handed approach to dealing with any dissent of any kind is a specialty of Putin and the Russian State.
And the Church, well this says it all I think,  Vsevolod Chaplin, head of public affairs for the Russian Orthodox Church according to AFP said earlier this week, "...“this sin will be punished in this life and in the next life...I believe this because God revealed it to me.” 
The following is from the Moscow News.  I could have picked something a little less mainstream, a little more radical, a little more punk, but I decided on this as a way to demonstrate clearly that the situation of the Pussy Riot 3 represents something very wrong in Russia.  If you are looking for further information, a not bad place to start is the facebook page     Free Pusy Riot Now! (Putin, fear no art.) 

 

The Witch Hunt Against Pussy Riot

25 June 2012 ByVictor Davidoff
   

 

Their music is primitive, their lyrics are vulgar and their stage costumes, brightly colored masks with eye slits, are ugly. But they are the most famous punk rock band in Russia. Their last Russian-language video drew more than 300,000 viewers on YouTube, and their English-language version got several thousand viewers more. Meet Pussy Riot, the all-female punk rock band from Moscow.

If you like punk rock or simply wonder where you can catch a live show by the group, the answer is, unfortunately, nowhere. Since February, three group members have been in the Butyrskaya prison, and the other two are hiding out in Europe. Their legal troubles are the result of an incident on Feb. 21 when Pussy Riot tried to perform one of its songs — what they call a "punk prayer" — titled "Mother of God, Expel Putin" in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. Now, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich are accused of hooliganism and face jail sentences of up to seven years.

The language of the indictment harshly describes the actions of Pussy Riot: "Moving around the solea and ambon, areas that are strictly forbidden to visitors, with cynical disregard, they shouted out tunes of religious hostility and hatred over the course of about one minute, chanting obscene phrases and words that insult believers, as well as jumping around and raising their legs."

In its summary, the indictment states that Pussy Riot members "put themselves in opposition to the Christian world … [and] tried to discredit church traditions and dogmas that have been protected and cherished for centuries. … In a clear and unambiguous way, they expressed their religious hatred and hostility to Christianity."

This indictment wouldn't have raised eyebrows if it had been written by a 16th-century court during the Inquisition. But in the 21st century, it is shocking. It reads as if Pussy Riot were being charged with blasphemy somewhere in Sudan, Somalia or Afghanistan, not in a constitutionally declared secular state.

Vladimir Pastukhov, a former visiting fellow at St. Antony's College in Oxford, wrote on his blog at Polit.ru: "Up to now, Russia had kept some mental distance from the Middle Ages. Today that's gone. The authorities have returned to the time of witch hunts, and they are even proud of it. If you think about it, there now is essentially no difference between us and Iran."

But there is also, of course, a political aspect to the Pussy Riot case. As columnist Semyon Novoprudsky wrote on Gazeta.ru, "I wonder what the reaction would have been if they had sung a song in the same Moscow cathedral with the lyrics 'Mother of God, expel Obama.' For some reason, I suspect they wouldn't have been charged with anything."

The three detained Pussy Riot band members are certainly being treated as if they were dangerous political prisoners. Prosecutors spent three months investigating the videotaped incident that lasted no longer than a minute. The rockers have been in detention since their arrest in February. The court has regularly turned down their lawyers' requests to release them on bail, despite the fact that two of them have young children. The court insists that they are being detained for their own good, asserting that if released "they might be the object of criminal infringement" — that is, revenge by religious fanatics. This feigned concern for their well-being rings hollow considering that one of the detained women has gone on a hunger strike to protest beatings by her cellmates.

The varying views on Pussy Riot show how much society is split into two opposing groups. According to a poll by the Levada Center, about half of Russians agree with the criminal charges against the punk rockers, and the other half believe that they either shouldn't be charged at all for their art or that the charges are too strong.

"All the problems are from impunity. There should be either internal censorship or external punishment. They should be whipped so hard that next time they won't have even the slightest intention to behave like swine," wrote blogger N_efremova.

"They are heroines and were put in jail for no crime," countered blogger Хo4y_vkosmos.

These polar opinions reflect in a nutshell Russian society today, which is divided into two nations. One nation has already accepted the Western values of human rights and freedoms, while the other values the country's great power status above all and is happy to endure authoritarian measures and limitations on individual freedoms to maintain it.

The outcome of the Pussy Riot court case is hard to predict, but it will be a good indicator of which time period Russia will live in — the age of Internet or the age of witch hunts.

Victor Davidoff is a Moscow-based writer and journalist whose blog is chaadaev56.livejournal.com.

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Pussy Riot are Victims of a Russian Witch Hunt
Authored by: zek1953 on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 11:59 AM CDT

"...One nation has already accepted the Western values of human rights and freedoms"  In writing THAT line, Victor Davidoff has shown himself to be either a paid apparatchik of the N.E.D., or a complete idiot. Work or starve, obey or die are the only values the west honors.

Pussy Riot are Victims of a Russian Witch Hunt
Authored by: zek1953 on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 12:04 PM CDT

"...One nation has already accepted the Western values of human rights and freedoms"  In writing THAT line, Victor Davidoff has shown himself to be either a paid apparatchik of the N.E.D., or a complete idiot. Work or starve, obey or die are the only values the west honors.