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Free Pussy Riot

What a shame! Prosecutors have called for Pussy Riot members to be jailed for 3 years! A verdict is expected in coming days.

Prosecutors have called for three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to be jailed for three years after arguing they had insulted all of Russian Orthodoxy and posed a danger to society.

“They must be isolated from society,” the federal prosecutor Alexei Nikiforov told the Moscow court on Tuesday. He and lawyers for the victims argued that if they were not jailed, they would strike again.

The three band members – Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich – have been charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.

In their closing arguments, prosecutors argued the women were not carrying out a political act, but acting on deep hatred for Russian Orthodoxy. “They violated the traditions of our country,” Nikiforov said.

He said the fact that “no politicians” were named in the punk band’s song proved it was not a political act. The name and chorus of the song Pussy Riot performed was called Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Out.

Prosecutors presented the women as dangerous feminists.

It is so urgently necessary for women to become dangerous feminists in dangerous patriarchal, misogynistic, religious society.

I hope brave women sing and sting like Pussy Riot in all the religious temples, churches, mosques, synagogues all over the world against religion and religious oppression of women. Please don’t say that the time hasn’t come yet.

Comments

  1. says

    Gee, I thought Russians would be freer and more prosperous after they got rid of atheistic communism. How’s that working out for the Russian people? I hear Russians’ average lifespan has gone noticeably DOWN since Brezhnenkoism was overthrown.

  2. smrnda says

    Russia has pretty much become a backwards, superstitious nation since the fall of communism (it may have been one during it for all I know) , and I wonder how much of this upsurge in hyper-religiousity is because of all the missionary activity focused on the former Soviet Bloc nations by Americans.

    If anything, someone should point out that the material and social gains have been pretty much non-existent despite all the proselytizing.

    All said, this is an outrageous sentence. Three years for disrupting a church service? The church – if it’s really this wonderful, merciful thing like it pretends to be, should be against the sentence, or else it’s just another repressive institution that has to shut down any threat to its power and privilege. Hope the petition gets a lot of signatures.

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