May 23, 2013
Anti-Putin Feminist Punk Rockers Languish in Jail
Posted on Apr 21, 2012
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
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