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Pussy Riot book

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday called for the early release of jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band.

Speaking to United Russia activists in Penza, Medvedev said the jail time already served by the three band members was "a very, very serious punishment" and adding any more would be "counterproductive in this case," Interfax reported.

A Moscow court on Aug. 17 sentenced band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich to two years in jail for their February "punk prayer" in Christ the Savior Cathedral in which they denounced Putin and Patriarch Kirill.

The verdict against Pussy Riot will not go into force until the Moscow City Court rules on their appeal on Oct. 1.

Medvedev also made it clear that he was not prepared to support the band.

"I am sick over what they did, of their public appeal and the hysteria that surrounds them," he said.

Medvedev's comments came less than a week after President Vladimir Putin condemned the band's performances as "witches' sabbaths." - [Moscow Times]

So this is potential good news for the incarcerated members of Pussy Riot. We'll know in a couple weeks. Meanwhile, a collection of writings about the band have been collected in an e-book titled Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom (cover art above) to be published by The City University of New York's Feminist Press on September 21. Contributors include Yoko Ono, Johanna Fateman, Karen Finley, Justin Vivian Bond, Eileen Myles, and JD Samson.

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Comments (21)

Pussy Riot is such a big deal!!!!! They yelled "holy shit" a few times in a church!!!!

They're like MLK but way way way way more important!!!!

FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111eleven

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 3:29 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:07 PM

But if Pussy Riot is released, no one will care anymore. Way better for their, ahem, careers to stay in jail.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:14 PM

Way to make a stand against Putin, Medvedev!

You might have done everything he wanted when you were President and he was just the Prime Minister, including stepping aside after one term so Putin could resume his post as President, but you've broken with him over more jail time for three girls who've already spent time in prison...

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:20 PM

These girls are #omg_so_brave and #omg_so_radical.

They said swear words!

They trespassed!!!!

In your face, society!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:22 PM

4:22 -- easy for you to say sitting in your parents' cozy house in the U.S. Political protest in Russia is a bit more serious.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:42 PM

4:42, Shit I didn't realize I had to move to Afghanistan to make fun of people.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 4:49 PM

Maybe your post should actually be funny if you're trying to make fun.

If you don't have anything nice, or funny, to say please just shut your fucking mouth.

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Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 5:22 PM

We need a hipster firing squad

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 5:37 PM

^ Isn't it ironic?

Don'tcha think?

A little too ironic?

And, yeah, I really do think.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 8:12 PM

Maybe they should think next time before saying anything on their minds in a fucked up country like Russia...

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where social freedoms of speech are basically non existent.

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