Russian church: Pussy Riot deserve mercy if repent

The Russian Orthodox Church on Sunday asked for clemency for three jailed members of the rock band Pussy Riot if they repent for their ‘‘punk prayer’’ for deliverance from President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s main cathedral, a statement that came a day before an appeal hearing and appeared to reflect a desire to put an end to the case that has caused an international outrage. But it was unclear whether the women, who were sentenced to two years last month, would offer a penitence sought by the church and how much leniency a court may show. Putin has always been reluctant to avoid leaving an impression that he could bow to public pressure and has taken an increasingly tough line on dissent since his inauguration in May. (…) Earlier this month, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that keeping them in prison any longer would be ‘‘unproductive’’ — a statement that encouraged hopes the appeals court could set them free. But skeptics said that ahead of the band members’ conviction on charges of ‘‘hooliganism driven by religious hatred,’’ Putin himself said the women should not be judged too harshly, raising similar hopes for their release that proved vain. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were arrested in March after dancing and high-kicking at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral as they pleaded with the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Putin, who was elected to a third presidential term two weeks later. They said during their trial in August that they were protesting the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for Putin and didn’t intend to offend religious believers. Both the government and the church may have a strong interest in putting the Pussy Riot case behind them to avoid further damage at home and abroad. The band members’ imprisonment has come to symbolize intolerance of dissent in Putin’s Russia and caused a strong international condemnation. Their cause has been taken up by celebrities and musicians, including Madonna and Paul McCartney, and protests have been held around the world.

via boston.com: Russian church: Pussy Riot deserve mercy if repent

siehe auch: Russische Kirche fordert Buße von Pussy Riot. Die Mitglieder der russischen Punkband Pussy Riot sollen für zwei Jahre ins Gefängnis, weil sie in einer Kirche gegen das Regime protestierten. Kurz vor der Berufungsverhandlung fordern Kirchenvertreter jetzt Buße von den Aktivistinnen: “Das würde ihren Seelen auf jeden Fall gut tun.” Sie fühlen sich nicht schuldig, das haben die Mitglieder von Pussy Riot oft genug zum Ausdruck gebracht. Einen Tag vor der Berufungsverhandlung gegen die russische Punk-Band Pussy Riot hat die orthodoxe Kirche die drei angeklagten Frauen dennoch zur Buße aufgefordert. Ihre Tat müsse zwar auf jeden Fall bestraft werden, sagte ein Kirchensprecher am Sonntag. “Wenn sie aber Reue in irgendeiner Form zum Ausdruck bringen, muss dies berücksichtigt werden.” Die Musikerinnen im Alter von 22, 24 und 30 Jahren waren Mitte August für ihren regierungskritischen Auftritt in einer Moskauer Kirche zu zwei Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt worden. “Die Kirche hofft aufrichtig auf die Buße derer, die die heilige Stätte entweiht haben”, sagte der Kirchensprecher weiter. “Das würde ihren Seelen auf jeden Fall guttun.”

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

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