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Anti-Putin Feminist Punk Rockers Languish in Jail

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Posted on Apr 21, 2012
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Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

Three members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot face up to seven years in jail for seizing the pulpit of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in mid-February and mocking Vladimir Putin, then a candidate for the Russian presidency.

The three have been imprisoned since March on charges of “hooliganism” and refused bail. Two of them have young children and one says she has been refused medical treatment for migraines.

Russian police arrested several dozen supporters of the band protesting their imprisonment outside a Moscow court. Picketers were also attacked by provokers and religious fundamentalists.

The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, condemned the cathedral demonstration as “blasphemous,” saying, “The devil laughed at us.”

See footage of Pussy Riot’s performance and ejection from the church below. —ARK

AP via Yahoo News

Five members of the feminist band Pussy Riot—clad in brightly colored homemade ski masks and miniskirts—briefly seized the pulpit of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in February and chanted “Mother Mary, drive Putin away.”

Three band members have been in police custody since March and face up to seven years in jail on charges of hooliganism. Their cause — and the harsh response of the Russian Orthodox Church — has provoked a public outcry and criticism of Russia’s largest religious institution.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich will remain in detention until June 24, a Tagansky district court judge decided, after an investigator petitioned to keep them in prison while the police investigation continues.

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By heterochromatic, April 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

in this case, imitation would be superflux as you’re flattering yourself.

but bdon’t beat yourself over the already swollen head or you outgrow the
wiggiest mad thing in your hattery.

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By gerard, April 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment

hetero:  Try not to imitate.  You ain’t quite got the talent for it.  And what is it they say:  “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Or is it: “Beating over the head is the worst form of battery.”

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By chris ml, April 23, 2012 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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So if women had got up in a church and denounced the Russian Royal Tsar family…..
Yeah i know…shot or shoved into prison.
But these days…not shot…but shoved in to prison.
Well…that er revolution ,didn’t really change much ,did it??
“Jacob Schiff, the head of Kuhn, Loeb and Co., heavily bankrolled the [Communist] revolution. This was reported by White Russian General Arsine de Goulevitch in his book Czarism and the Revolution.” “According to his grandson John,” described Allen, “Jacob Schiff ... long-time associate of the Rothschilds, financed the Communist Revolution in Russia to the tune of $20 million.” He continued, “According to a report on file with the State Department, his firm, Kuhn Loeb and Co. bankrolled the first five year plan for Stalin,”.

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By heterochromatic, April 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

—Shouldn’t one applaud the humanism of Russians instead?—

no

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By m_taylor, April 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment

Shouldn’t one applaud the humanism of Russians instead?
Just think for a minute and try to imagine what happens to such “artists” performing ... let’s say at the Western Wall in Jerusalem or in the Belz Beis ha-Medrash ha-Gadol synagogue in Jerusalem, or in the Masjid al-Haram mosque in Mecca or in the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina exactly the way they did in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral which considered by Russians one on of the Russia’s holiest churches.

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By heterochromatic, April 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

we can ketchup to each other but why ground ‘round each other and goblin
ourselves up . lettuce not prey that way.

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By gerard, April 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

Postscript:  Three things I never thought I’d live to see:  This one above, plus peace organizations in the U.S. getting together to teach 100,000 people the principles of nonviolent action, plus students from all across the country coming together to try to figure out the best ways to save their parents from the ravages of rapaciious bankers and unprincipled Wall Street Corporation operators who have apparently bought out (using lobbyists and campaign contributions) most state and federal administrative and legislative officials, the courts, and our police departments and city officials. Nobody’s left but us chickens.
  At least the young Russian ladies are opting for freedom. So there’s hope.
  I wonder if this sort of unorthodoxy—this playing with authority,  could be developed as a kind of on-subject, on-site “whistle-blowing” comment and criticism on all sorts of air-tight orthodoxies? 
  Dance your way to freedom! Pick up your guitar and walk. Drum them out! Get in tune with peace!  Trumpet for solutions!  This is what a harmonica is for! Orchestrate, don’t devastate!  Harmonize, don’t Demonize!
  Possibilities are the falling blossoms that we don’t pick up and take home.

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By Agile Cyborg, April 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment
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The horrifying reality here is that hooliganism in
Russia is, in fact, a crime punishable by many years in
squalid and cramped prisons. The dictatorial and
destructive nature of authority in all of its shades is
a cancer that serves only the interests of elites who
have imbued themselves with unlimited power.

I feel for these young women.

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By Art Brennan, April 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment
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Jesus would have been right there with them!  Apparently the government in
Russia is no better than our own (US) when it comes to justice and a sense of right
ant wrong!

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By gerard, April 21, 2012 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

Wow!  Kracky fer sure!  Can’t think of a less diplomatic location for such a diplomanic performance. Sooner or later we wlll all catch up with each other.

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