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Pussy Riot videos banned by Russian authorities

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Russian authorities on Thursday restricted Internet access to the videos of the Pussy Riot group, judging them to be “extremist,” Russian press agencies reported. The Zamoskvoretskii court in Moscow ruled that the group’s videos, notably the anti-Putin “punk prayer” sung in February in the Moscow cathedral, was “extremist” and ordered “restricted access” to them.

Russian authorities restrict access to videos by Pussy Riot

(AFP) 29 November. Russian authorities on Thursday restricted Internet access to the videos of the Pussy Riot group, judging them to be “extremist,” Russian press agencies reported.

The Zamoskvoretskii court in Moscow ruled that the group’s videos, notably the anti-Putin “punk prayer” sung in February in the Moscow cathedral, was “extremist” and ordered “restricted access” to them.

Pussy Riot’s website and the group’s Livejournal blog are also affected by these restrictions.

The court’s spokesperson, Evguenia Pazoukhina, specified the Interfax agency that the decision applied to four Pussy Riot videos: the one taped in the Cathedral, one in Red Square, and two others.

“Access to these videos will be restricted on five sites” on the Internet, she added, without specifying how these restrictions will be carried out.

After this decision goes into effect, these videos will be included in the files of extremist documents banned in Russia, and distribution of them will be subject to penal prosecution, the Russian agencies stated.

In the expert testimony presented to the court, it was said that the texts of Pussy Riot “contain appeals to revolt, disobedience and the organization of mass demonstrations.”

The experts also emphasized that these texts attack human dignity and mock the feelings of [religious] believers.

In February, three young women in Pussy Riot mounted the altar of the orthodox Christian Holy Savior cathedral in Moscow and invited the Virgin Mary to “chase” President Vladimir Putin from power.

In August, they were condemned by a court in Moscow to two years in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

After an appeal in October, one of the women had her sentence suspended and was freed, while the two others had their sentences upheld and are currently serving time in prison.

These rulings aroused strong criticisms in the West.

Translated from the French by NOT BORED! 30 November 2012.

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