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Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are suing the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights over their 2012 arrest and imprisonment:

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were given an amnesty in December after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are demanding €120,000 (£71,000) each in compensation, plus €10,000 in court fees. They argue that the investigation and prosecution violated their rights and amounted to torture.

"They didn't get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights," said Pavel Chikov, the head of the human rights legal group Agora, which is representing the two women.

"Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all." - [The Guardian]

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were released in December as part of a Russian amnesty.

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Comments (20)

Um, aren't their bigger problems with Russia at the moment?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:18 PM

^ there not their

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:19 PM

^ there, not their

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:21 PM

1:18: My guess is that they see an opportunity to kick Russia while it's down; while Europe's view of the country is really low.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:23 PM

Russia has more freedom, and Russians have more pride in their country, than Americans right now. Who ever cared what Europe thinks about anything? Just listen to Ban Ki-moon talk about anything and you get a feel for what kind of world Europe thinks we live in. Nah, I'm kinda with Russia on this one.

Maybe if they actually made good music ....

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:30 PM

Russia has more freedom? Okay, bud.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:31 PM

Whatever Nadya does is fine by me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:36 PM

1:31 doesn't see a reason to not accept what Wolf Blitzer tells him

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:54 PM

Is their music any good? Do they have enough talent to merit numerous appearances on music websites?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 1:58 PM

ATP Russia, curated by Pussy Riot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 2:02 PM

i would definitely eat some runny hummus and Jackson Pollock her face

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 2:24 PM

2:06
That was painfully unfunny.
You may not post any YouTube links on this site again.
Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 2:36 PM

Is the hot one ok?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2014 4:22 PM

Sabra?

Posted by Lipshitz | July 31, 2014 6:35 PM

Bartedge lives !!!

Posted by Bartedge | July 31, 2014 11:10 PM

2:36 you're too young

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2014 9:52 AM

Pussy Riots' should be killed because they are against Russia. Why Putin allows the crazy and anti russian Pussy Riots to live in Russia?

Posted by alex | August 24, 2014 5:04 PM

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