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via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by RT on 8/18/12
As the Pussy Riot sentence has creates a global outcry, with governments slamming it as “disproportionate” and the public rallying in “We are all Pussy Riot” demonstrations, Robert Naiman from Just Foreign Policy tells RT ...

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by The Huffington Post News Editors on 8/18/12
Pop superstar Madonna has again added her voice to the chorus of international outrage over the conviction of Russian punk band Pussy Riot on charges of hooliganism. Three members of the feminist music group were ...

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by Masha Lipman on 8/17/12
The trial of Pussy Riot ended as it began: as an egregious expression of contempt for law, justice, and common sense. The verdict was two years in prison camp for each of the three women.

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by The Huffington Post News Editors on 8/17/12
Pussy Riot shows no signs of letting up. Despite being sentenced to two years of prison on charges of hooliganism, the Russian punk trio has released a new song.

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by jasonmiks on 8/17/12
By Michelle Ringuette, Special to CNN Editor's note: Michelle Ringuette is chief of campaigns and programs at Amnesty International USA. The views expressed are her own.

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by unknown on 8/17/12
Though three members of Pussy Riot were convicted earlier today for hooliganism in connection with a March punk prayer protest against Russian Preside.

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by unknown on 8/17/12
A Moscow judge sentenced feminist punk rockers Pussy Riot today to two years in prison each for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. The jail s.

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by Ben Zimmer on 8/18/12
previous post |. With the international attention given to the trial and conviction of members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, many have wondered online whether Pussy Riot is a translation of a Russian name. But no: the ...

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by RT on 8/17/12
The US State Department reacted to the Pussy Riot verdict by saying the sentences were “disproportionate.” The American stance on the issue is hypocritical, as Washington regularly casts a blind eye on controversial ...

via Pussy Riot - Google Blog Search by RT on 8/16/12
A Moscow court has sentenced three members of Pussy Riot to two years in a medium-security prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity.

via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/18/12

CBS News

Pussy Riot sentence: How did it play in Russia?
Christian Science Monitor
One day after three young members of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in a penal colony for profaning a Russian Orthodox altar, the controversy over what they did and how the Russian state reacted to it shows every sign of growing. Skip to next ...
Russian Orthodox clerics forgive Pussy Riot for anti-Putin rant, call for mercyCBS News
What Pussy Riot teaches usCNN (blog)
Russian top clerics forgive Pussy Riot, ask for (blog)
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via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/18/12

Pussy Riot in Edinburgh
Huffington Post
You'd think that the World Day of Action for Pussy Riot, held on the day of their sentencing (no one ever imagined they wouldn't be convicted by the Russian court), would bring a crowd of outraged artists at the world's largest Fringe Festival into the ...

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via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/18/12

Russia Sentences Pussy Riot Members to Two Years in Jail
Prosecutors had sought three-year prison terms for the Pussy Riot band members, who performed a “punk prayer” in the country's main Christian Orthodox place of worship in February urging Putin's removal. “They deliberately sought a public scandal and ...

via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/18/12

E! Online

Pussy Riot Prison Sentence: Fellow Artists React, Black Keys Vow Never to Play ...
E! Online
Pussy Riot's fellow artists aren't taking the Russian band's two-year prison sentence lightly. While performing in Moscow last week, Madonna applauded the courage of the all-girl punk trio, who at the time were on trial for staging a protest show at a ...

via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/18/12

The Pussy Riot Trial Is Bad, But It's Definitely Not "Stalinism"
What really has occurred in this case is that Pussy Riot was singled out to discourage others from challenging the establishment. It is wrong that three women in colorful costumes should be severely punished for a moment of expression. It is doubly ...

via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/17/12

A Russian farce over a punk rock band
Washington Post
His poem, a satirical polemic, is worth recalling in the wake of a decision Friday by a Moscow judge to sentence three women who make up Pussy Riot, a punk rock band, to jail for two years as a punishment for their disrespectful performance art. Loading.

via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/18/12

New York Times

Nimble Pussy Riot activist drops into Turkish jurisdiction
Sydney Morning Herald
FOR a few brief moments, the reaction of a protester to the news that three women in the punk band Pussy Riot had been found guilty of hooliganism nearly caused another international incident. The Moscow courthouse where the three women were ...
Protester Briefly Skitters Out of Russian JurisdictionNew York Times

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via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/17/12

Daily Beast

Trapped in Putin's Time Machine
Daily Beast
The next day three members of Pussy Riot would be convicted of felony hooliganism and sentenced to two years in penal colonies—for a protest they staged inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Feb. 21. The cathedral had been virtually empty ...

via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/17/12

Pussy Riot releases single, gets support of US State Department
Los Angeles Times
Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow on Friday. They were sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of hooliganism. (Sergey Ponomarev ...

via Pussy Riot - Google News on 8/17/12

Pussy Riot and Russia's surreal 'justice'
The Pussy Riot case shines a much needed, if highly disturbing, spotlight on the issue of freedom of expression in post-Soviet Russia. On February 21, four members of the group performed what they call a "punk prayer" in Moscow's Russian Orthodox ...

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Russian court imprisons Pussy Riot band members on hooliganism charges

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
August 18, 2012 -- Updated 1524 GMT (2324 HKT)
Pussy Riot band members Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow on Friday August 17.Pussy Riot band members Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage during a court hearing in Moscow on Friday August 17.
  • NEW: EU foreign policy chief says case adds to "upsurge in politically motivated intimidation"
  • The three women were sentenced to two years' imprisonment for hooliganism
  • They sang a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in a protest at a Moscow cathedral
  • Arrests were made outside court as the verdict was delivered, state media reported
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Moscow (CNN) -- Three members of Russian female punk rock band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison Friday after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in a church.
The five months they have spent in detention since their arrests in March count toward the sentence, Judge Marina Sirovaya said.
The judge said the charges against the three young women -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich -- had been proved by witnesses and the facts.
The Pussy Riot members were charged after screaming, "Mother Mary, please drive Putin away," in a protest act in February inside Christ Savior Cathedral, one of Moscow's grandest houses of worship.
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Sirovaya rejected the women's defense that they were acting from political motives, ruling that they had intended to insult the Russian Orthodox Church and undermine public order.
However, the fact that two of them have young children was a mitigating factor in the sentencing, the judge said.
The defendants were accused of offending the churchgoers present -- through their actions, obscene language and their clothing -- and showing a lack of respect for the rules of the Orthodox Church. They ignored requests to stop their brief unscheduled protest performance, the court heard.
While their actions outraged many of Russia's faithful, their high-profile trial prompted international concern about freedom of speech in Russia.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said on its official Twitter feed that the sentence was "disproportionate."
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned the court's decision as "deeply troubling."
"Together with the reports of the band members' mistreatment during their pre-trial detention and the reported irregularities of the trial, it puts a serious question mark over Russia's respect for international obligations of fair, transparent, and independent legal process," she said.
"It also runs counter to Russia's international obligations as regards respect for freedom of expression."
Urging Russia to reverse the sentence, Ashton said the case "adds to the recent upsurge in politically motivated intimidation and prosecution of opposition activists in the Russian Federation, a trend that is of growing concern to the European Union."
Rights group Amnesty International said that the court's decision was "a bitter blow for freedom of expression in the country" and that the women were now "prisoners of conscience."
Amnesty believes that the women's conduct "was politically motivated, and that they were wrongfully prosecuted for what was a legitimate -- if potentially offensive -- protest action," it said in a statement.
John Dalhuisen, director of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Program, urged Russian authorities to overturn the sentence and release the trio unconditionally.
He also highlighted recent measures "restricting the freedom of expression and association" introduced after a wave of popular protests that accompanied elections earlier this year. "This trial is another example of the Kremlin's attempts to discourage and delegitimize dissent. It is likely to backfire," he said.
Human Rights Watch also said the women should never have been prosecuted for a hate crime.
"The charges and verdict against the Pussy Riot band members distort both the facts and the law," Hugh Williamson, the rights group's Europe and Central Asia director, said in a statement.
Earlier, a number of arrests were made outside the court, where protesters gathered as the verdict was read, RIA Novosti reported.
The women are expected to appeal the court's decision.
The charge of hooliganism aimed at inciting religious hatred carried a potential sentence of up to seven years in prison.
None of the three women is older than 30. They have been in custody since their arrest shortly after the unexpected performance.
They looked calm and occasionally smiled and exchanged remarks as they stood, sometimes in handcuffs, behind a glass wall in the court, listening to the lengthy ruling.
Moscow district court heard that the three worked together to carry out their "criminal act which violated public order" -- in an action that "went against tradition and is a great insult to the church and people."
The three wore revealing, brightly colored clothing and covered their faces with balaclava-style masks in a style "inappropriate" for a church before making use of a microphone and electric guitar, the court was told.
Video footage of the "punk prayer" protest song was placed online, although the judge said it was not clear who had posted it.
Sirovaya said that the apologies by the defendants "were not sincere" and described their conduct as "an unprecedented act of hooliganism by women."
Evidence from character witnesses for the three women was also read out. Alyokhina was described as being a writer of poetry, a vegan and a good mother, RIA Novosti said.
Pop star Madonna last week performed Pussy Riot-style in a face mask and with the group's name on her back during a packed Moscow gig. She's one of a number of celebrities to back the women's cause.
"Everyone has the right to free speech, everywhere in the world. Maria, Katya, Nadia, I pray for you," Madonna said at Tuesday's concert, according to RIA Novosti. "They did something brave with their action. And I am praying for their freedom."
Rallies in support of Pussy Riot were also organized Friday outside Russian embassies around the world, including in London and Washington.
Putin criticized the women's action this month but said they should not be judged "too harshly," RIA Novosti said. He added that he hoped the court makes "the right decision."
Pussy Riot specializes in sudden, often illegal public performances, including one in Moscow's Red Square.
The "punk prayer" was inspired by the women's anger about the relationship between the Russian government and the Orthodox Church, according to the band's manager, who is married to one of the women.
The Orthodox leader Patriarch Kyril has been widely reported as saying Putin's years in power have been a miracle from God.
Putin won reelection to the presidency in March in a vote that international observers said did not meet international standards.
The presidential election came just months after allegations of fraud in parliamentary elections prompted the largest anti-government demonstrations Russia had seen in two decades.
CNN's Laura Smith-Spark reported from London, and Phil Black and Alla Eshchenko from Moscow; Bharati Naik and Susannah Palk also contributed to this report.

A Moscow court on Friday (Aug. 17) found three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after a guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral in February. They were sentenced to two years in a penal colony.

via Crime on by Religion News Service on 8/17/12
(RNS/ENInews) A Moscow court on Friday (Aug. 17) found three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after a guerrilla performance in Moscow's main cathedral in February. They were sentenced to two years in a penal colony.

The band performed a "punk prayer" against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I.

The case has divided Russia and the Orthodox Church and drawn worldwide protests on behalf of the band and free speech. Outside the courtroom, protesters clashed with police and well-known chess champion Garry Kasparov was arrested during the protests.

The charges against Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich had carried up to seven years in prison, and the prosecutor had demanded at least three years for the women, who range in age from 22 to 30.

Judge Maria Syrova said that she did not accept the defendants' explanation that Christ the Savior Cathedral is not a church but a commercial enterprise because of businesses that operate there.

During the trial, which began last month, the defendants explained that they were opposed to Kirill's support of Putin, who returned to the Kremlin after winning the March 4 presidential elections in the face of protests claiming voting irregularities.

Kirill has been silent on the case for several months after leading a prayer service in April to pray for deliverance from persecution of the church.

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate, has said the church is ready to forgive members of Pussy Riot if they repent.

"If someone insults me personally, then of course I will forgive them," Chaplin told the RIA Novosti news agency last month. "But if someone insults my faith or my God, I wait until they change their position and admit that they acted wrongly."

In the performance, the musicians walked into the cathedral, donned brightly colored hoods and began to gesticulate and dance in front of the altar. Their actions were filmed as a video and set to music with the lyrics "O Birthgiver of God, Get Rid of Putin" and an expletive as a refrain.

The video went viral, shocking many Russians and infuriating the Kremlin and the Orthodox hierarchy, but also setting off a debate in the church about the role of forgiveness and mercy in Orthodoxy.

via Crime on by Inae Oh on 8/17/12
Following the anger that quickly ensued after a Russian judge found punk band Pussy Riot guilty on hooliganism charges on Friday, New York City activists staged their support for the three female members of the band.
Six protestors were reportedly arrested for blocking traffic and wearing maks during the show of support.
Among protestors were Occupy Wall Street members and other free speech activists who organized a "punk prayer" session outside St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral on the Upper East Side.
The Pussy Riot trial has provoked outrage from members of the international community who have condemned the harsh two-year sentencing handed down by Judge Marina Syrova on Friday.
The three women of Pussy Riot were arrested in March after staging an anti-Putin performance at Moscow's main cathedral, where they sang lyrics begging the Orthodox Church to save Russia from President Vladimir Putin.
Since the arrest, a global campaign, which included many high-profile names like Paul McCartney and Bjork, voiced their condemnation of the charges.
On the eve of Friday's verdict, a group of musicians, supporters and feminists organized a reading at the Ace Hotel in New York to also show their support for the young women. Karen Finley and Chloë Sevigny were also in attendance.