Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pussy Riot Sentenced To Two Years For Anti-Putin Performance

Three women from Pussy Riot, the band that staged a "punk prayer service" at Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral against President Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church that supports him, were sentenced to two years in jail. The women, who sang a profane song regarding political repression under Putin, were criticized by the judge as dangers to society and inciters of "religious hatred." The conviction was condemned internationally by artists, human rights groups and Western governments, including the United States. Indeed, the harshness of the sentence makes clear the clampdown on freedom of expression in Putin's Russia. Watch the performance that led to the women's sentence:

2 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

Of course nobody deserves to be jailed for speaking his or her mind in public. Perhaps these women should have been charged with the crime of performing distasteful music instead. Just kidding...

Jeff Tone said...

The length of the sentence itself is also an outrage.