Posted in music on August 17, 2012

Pussy Riot

Earlier today:

Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over a protest in a cathedral.

Judge Marina Syrova said the women had "crudely undermined social order" during their action in February.

The women say their "punk prayer" was a political act in protest against the Russian Orthodox Church leader's support of President Vladimir Putin.

Prosecutors are seeking a three-year jail sentence.

Judge Syrova said Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, had offended the feelings of Orthodox believers and shown a "complete lack of respect".

"Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and Samutsevich committed hooliganism - in other words, a grave violation of public order," she said.

The judge quoted prosecution witnesses as saying the act had been one of blasphemy, not politics. - [BBC]

Maybe not a surpise, given Russia's current sociopolitical climate, but is sure to spark further outrage for those who have been championing Pussy Riot's cause.

And the sentence:: Each band member is to receive two years in prison which begins from the day of the arrest. At least it wasn't the three years the prosecutor wanted.

The three young women committed a "serious crime" and "should be punished", says judge Marina Syrova, sentencing them to two years' jail at a corrective labour facility for "hooliganism" and "incitement to religious hatred".
In the courtroom, the verdict was greeted by cries of "Shame!" and "Injustice!" [Yahoo]
There are a bunch of protests and rallys happening today in NYC: a musical masquerade protest party outside Nicholas Orthodox Church is going as we speak; there's a march on Madison Ave at 11 AM; and a Times Square rally at 1 PM. Details on those events can be found here.

Last night, a reading of Pussy Riot's s moving courtroom statements happened at Liberty Hall. Did anyone go? Even though the verdict is in, the Pussy Riot story remains developing.

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Comments (41)

Free 'dem = FREEDOM

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:01 AM

best publicity ever!

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:23 AM

Bust em outta there Obama

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:23 AM

If you know something is illegal and you still do it, shouldn't you accept the consequences? Pretty good publicity though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:34 AM

two years ain't shit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:35 AM

This band doesn't even have an album...

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:36 AM

Good street cred.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:43 AM

Russian porn > American porn

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:45 AM

hope they get raped in prison, stoopid cunts

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:49 AM

sting aint gonna save 'em, see what i did there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:51 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALS92big4TY

Is this really defendable?

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:55 AM

Who would you like to see in a russian prison next? I vote for the Black Keys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 10:55 AM

Who would you like to see in a russian prison next? LAMB OF GOD

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 11:01 AM

That video is a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 11:14 AM

10:45 really nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 11:43 AM

Who would you like to see in a russian prison next? 10:55, 11:01, 10:35

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 11:44 AM

11:44 my dick

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 11:48 AM

Avon Barksdale shrugged

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 12:30 PM

If Jeremy Renner and Tom Cruise were straight, they'd be plotting some Mission Impossible shit to break out pussy riot. Too bad they hate pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 12:46 PM

dem hos gone have a pussy riot up n da joint 2? can i get n on dat?

w8 dey gots tiddies rite?

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 1:12 PM

^ LOL PETROL!

Posted by Sam | August 17, 2012 1:14 PM

this site should be called Brooklyn Misogynist

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 1:20 PM

^ no tiddies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 1:22 PM

Peaches "Free Pussy Riot" remix by Dave Hill:
http://soundcloud.com/dave-hill-10/dave-hill-remix-of-peaches

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 1:22 PM

^ #shittyasmusicgets

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 1:32 PM

Two years prison for that stunt? It's draconian. Anybody here actually been to Russia? I have, and it's a police state. What they did, as ridiculous as it seems to us, took extreme courage. They KNEW they would be sent to the gulag and they did it anyway. As they said in court, they are more free in prison than the judge who sentenced them, because Russia does not have an independent judiciary. Nonetheless, Russia is an incredible country. I know that is a contradiction.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 2:03 PM

religion is poison.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 2:09 PM

Sucks, glad I live here and not there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 2:14 PM

This whole thing seems fishy, get it?

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 2:17 PM

Douche ladies, don't forget your roots.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 2:22 PM

why they do like that? give to praying babushkas the heart attack.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 2:26 PM

what a country!

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 3:26 PM

I keep reading "2 years from when they were arrested" but when were they actually arrested??

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 3:55 PM

2:03 - ummm the gulag camps were all shut down around the fifties.

3:55 - about five months ago, so they've got about a year and a half to go.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 5:28 PM

They should have stuck to fucking in public places. http://plucer.livejournal.com/55710.html

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Posted by hybrid annuities | August 17, 2012 8:40 PM

Pussy Riot added to the Revelation Records 25th anniversary showcase as the backing band for that old dude from Project X.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 11:40 PM

Don't drop the soap in the shower, ladies.

Posted by Regular reader | August 17, 2012 11:57 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2012 9:01 AM

those girls have got some ovaries- much respect to Pussy Riot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2012 8:18 PM

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