Pussy Riot Trial Nears Verdict in Moscow

Jailed feminist rockers could face up to three years in prison for ‘punk prayer’. Jailed feminist punk rockers Pussy Riot told a Russian court both yesterday and today that their “punk prayer” in Moscow’s biggest cathedral was a political statement, not an expression of hate against Orthodox Christians. “We sang ‘Black habit, gold shoulder straps’ about the fusion of KGB and the church,” band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said yesterday in court. “Our goal was political protest in artistic form. There was no hate, not a drop.” Police jailed Pussy Riot members Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, this past March – charging them with “hooliganism” for staging a performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in which they asked the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of President Vladimir Putin. The court hearings, which began July 30th, have been widely criticized as a politically motivated show trial, with international artists including Madonna, Patti Smith, Sting and Red Hot Chili Peppers calling for Pussy Riot’s release. (…) Prosecutor Alexander Nikiforov called Pussy Riot’s church performance blasphemous, adding that blasphemy is one of the gravest sins in the Russian Orthodox Church. Nikiforov claimed that political lyrics were only added to the song later to mask the band’s hate and sacrilege toward the Christian Orthodox faith. But Pussy Riot’s members strongly disputed this allegation. “We sang part of the refrain ‘Holy shit,'” Tolokonnikova said in court today. “I am sorry if I offended anyone with this. It is an idiomatic expression, related to the previous verse – about the fusion of Moscow patriarchy and the government. ‘Holy shit’ is our evaluation of the situation in the country. This opinion is not blasphemy.”

via rollingstone: Pussy Riot Trial Nears Verdict in Moscow

siehe auch: Pussy Riot Politics Mixed Messages from Berlin on Russian Human Rights. The West has been vocally critical of the trial against the anti-Putin punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow. But the German members of a dialogue group aimed at improving ties with Russia have been largely silent. Chancellor Merkel isn’t happy; Time is Running Out for Pussy Riot. Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Maria Alyokhina could face three years in prison after they called for Vladimir Putin’s ouster in a song. We thought we had more time. Sadly, the latest reports are saying that we may only have one day to stop Russian prosecutors from pursuing the outrageous charges against feminist punk band, Pussy Riot. These young women are in serious danger of being shipped off to a labor camp, where they risk both physical and sexual abuse as prosecutors seek a 3-year sentence against them. There is no time to lose. Why? Because their punk rock band gave a politically charged and impromptu performance poking fun at President Putin at a cathedral; Pussy Riot müssen “von Gesellschaft isoliert” werden. Staatsanwaltschaft verlangt drei Jahre Haft für die Aktivistinnen – Putin war gegen eine zu harte Strafe. Drei Jahre Haft fordert die Staatsanwaltschaft für Pussy Riot. Das Vergehen sei so schwer, dass sie “von der Gesellschaft isoliert” werden müssten, erklärte der Anklagevertreter. Den drei Sängerinnen wird nach ihrem Punk-Gebet gegen Putin in einer Kirche Störung der öffentlichen Ordnung und religiöse Hetze vorgeworfen. Die Gesellschaft empfinde das “vulgäre, herausfordernde und zynische Verhalten” der Punkgruppe als “sündig”, sagte der Staatsanwalt; ‘They abused God': Prosecution demands three-year jail sentence for anti-Putin girl band Pussy Riot. A state prosecutor in Russia today demanded a three-year jail term for three women from the punk band Pussy Riot. Alexei Nikiforov said they had abused God when they stormed the altar of a Moscow cathedral and sang a ‘protest prayer’ against the Russian Orthodox Church’s close links to Vladimir Putin. ‘The actions of the accomplices clearly show religious hatred and enmity,’ he said in closing arguments. The defendants looked pale and tired as they sat silently in a glass and metal courtroom cage, two of them scribbling notes. Their lawyer said the demand for a prison sentence was disproportionate and shameful; Pussy Riot v. Putin: A Front Row Seat at a Russian Dark Comedy. On the morning of February 21, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Ekaterina Samutsevich walked up the steps leading to the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, shed their winter clothing, pulled colorful winter hats down over their faces, and jumped around punching and kicking for about thirty seconds. By evening, the three young women had turned it into a music video called “Punk Prayer: Holy Mother, Chase Putin Away!” which mocked the patriarch and Putin. (“The head of the KGB is their patron saint,” they sang, by turns shrieking and imitating a church choir.) The video went viral: it was two weeks before the presidential election and Putin, facing a wave of unprecedented protests, was feeling shaky. Three days later, a warrant was issued for the girls’ arrest. According to their indictment, their trial promised to be a decisive moment in the history of Christianity; officially, they were being tried for hooliganism, but the mumbling prosecutor clarified that they stood accused of “insulting the entire Christian world.”

About rudolf kleinschmidt

faschismus ist keine meinung - faschismus ist ein verbrechen fascism is not an opinion - fascism is a crime

Posted on 07.08.2012, in Dienste, Gewalt, Musik, Rechtsextremismus, video/mp3. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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