Pussy Riot Found Guilty By Russian Court

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[UPDATE: Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in prison.]

If there was ever any doubt that the judge would do what Vladimir Putin wanted, it has now been erased. Protests reacting to the verdict are in progress. Report from USA Today:

A Russian judge found three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in one of the most closely watched cases in recent Russian history.

The judge said the three band members committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers.

The three were arrested in March after a guerrilla performance in Moscow’s main cathedral calling for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia against Vladimir Putin, who was elected to a new term as Russia’s president a few days later.

They face a maximum seven years in prison. The sentence is to be handed down later Friday.

The case has attracted international attention as an emblem of Russia’s intolerance of dissent. It also underlines the vast influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. Although church and state are formally separate, the church identifies itself as the heart of Russian national identity and critics say its strength effectively makes it a quasi-state entity…

[continues at USA Today]

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8 Responses to Pussy Riot Found Guilty By Russian Court

  1. paprtowl August 17, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    putin , obama , morsi , picture of things to come ?

  2. HPBVSSCRVFT August 17, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Fuck that shit

  3. Guest August 17, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    I.C.P. being classified as a gang is just the first step to something like this here in America. 

  4. BuzzCoastin August 17, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    As soon a Pussy Riot gets out
    they’re gonna do a Free Bradley Manning benefit concert.

    The blind Chinese dissident dude rescued by the CIA is NOT gonna be the MC .

  5. Anomaly_of_Anomie August 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    FREE PUSSY Riot. 

  6. BrianApocalypse August 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Well done Putin, you’ve just ensured that this story receives major international coverage and secured your position as a fascist asshole in the eyes of the Russian people and the world.

    A victory for punk rock!

  7. smooth_operator August 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Pussy Riot’s support campaign is spearheaded by Oksana Chelysheva of the US State Department-funded “Russian-Chechen Friendship Society,” a clearing house for Chechen terrorist propaganda. Along with US State Department-subsidized Alexey Navalny and the West’s media outlets on their side, the hooligan anti-establishment “punk rockers” have a decidedly establishment backing. I think the band probably means well but they’re being leveraged by foreign interests for the purpose of propaganda.

  8. zz zz August 19, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    http://i4y.k.af   

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