Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 19, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

Top Leaderboard, Site wide

Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery




The Divide


Truthdig Bazaar more items

 
Ear to the Ground

Russian Rockers Denounce Putin in Trial’s Closing Statements

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Aug 8, 2012
AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich sit in a glass cage in a Moscow courtroom. 

“If this political system throws itself against three girls … it shows this political system is afraid of truth,” a member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot said as a judge set Aug. 17 as the day she would deliver her verdict on charges that the musicians engaged in hooliganism against the Russian government.

To loud applause from Russian journalists in the courtroom, band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich delivered their closing arguments. Prosecutors are seeking a three-year prison sentence.

The case has been described as a “key test of the powerful president’s desire to crack down on dissent.”

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

The Guardian:

Prosecutors have asked for a three-year sentence, arguing that the women sought to insult all of Russian Orthodoxy and denying they were carrying out a political protest.

Tolokonnikova called the charges against them a “political order for repression” and denounced Putin’s “totalitarian-authoritarian system”, insisting Pussy Riot were an example of “opposition art”.

“Even though we are behind bars, we are freer than those people,” she said, looking at the prosecution from inside the glass cage where she and her two bandmates, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, have spent the nine-day trial. “We can say what we want, while they can only say what political censorship allows.

Read more

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Newsletter

sign up to get updates


 
 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.