Pussy Riot trial: closing statement denounces Putin’s ‘totalitarian system’

Punk band’s members claim they are freer than those carrying out their prosecution as judge sets 17 August for verdict. Three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot said Vladimir Putin’s Russia was the one on trial as they delivered closing arguments on Wednesday in a case seen as a key test of the powerful president’s desire to crackdown on dissent. “This is a trial of the whole government system of Russia, which so likes to show its harshness toward the individual, its indifference to his honour and dignity,” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, one of the trio on trial said in an impassioned statement. “If this political system throws itself against three girls … it shows this political system is afraid of truth.” The judge set 17 August as the day she would deliver a verdict against the women, charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred following an anti-Putin performance in a Moscow cathedral. (…) “I am not scared of you,” Alyokhina told the court. “I’m not scared of lies and fiction, or the badly formed deception that is the verdict of this so-called court. Because my words will live, thanks to openness. “When thousands of people will read and watch this, this freedom will grow with every caring person who listens to us in this country.”

via guardian: Pussy Riot trial: closing statement denounces Putin’s ‘totalitarian system’

siehe auch: Pussy Riot profile: Maria Alyokhina. Unofficial spokeswoman for Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina has challenged witnesses and remains defiant over the charges. Maria Alyokhina, 24, has emerged as the unofficial spokeswoman of Pussy Riot, making impassioned speeches and conducting sharp questioning of witnesses from inside the glass cage where she had been tried with her bandmates; Pussy Riot profile: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Philosophy student Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, has been described as the evil genius behind Pussy Riot. At 22, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has a long history of political activism, often in cohort with her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, who has championed Pussy Riot’s cause in Russia and abroad. The duo, members of the radical art collective Voina, shot to underground fame in 2008 after being photographed taking part in an orgy in Moscow’s biological museum to protest against the election of Dmitry Medvedev, the man Putin handpicked to hold his place in the Kremlin. She also took part in the group’s most famous art performance – drawing a giant phallus on a drawbridge across from the FSB headquarters in St Petersburg.

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