Human Rights Court Condemns Russia for Pussy Riot Convictions

Court condemns Russia over Pussy Riot convictions –In yet another instance of Russian’s Vladamir Putin’s human rights abuses

Screen Shot 2018-07-17 at 8.58.30 PM.pngMembers of the punk band spent nearly two years in jail after 2012 protest in a Moscow cathedral:

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled against Russia for its treatment of members of the Pussy Riot punk band in 2012.

The court said Russia violated five articles of the European Convention on Human Rights when it detained three band members who performed a protest song in a Moscow cathedral.

Two members of the anti-Kremlin band — Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova — spent nearly two years in prison.

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Via Wikipedia:

Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest punk rock group based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, it had a variable membership of approximately 11 women  ranging in age from about 20 to 33 (as of 2012). The group staged unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in public places, performances that were filmed as music videos and posted on the Internet. The collective’s lyrical themes included feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the group considered to be a dictator, and his policies.[2] These themes also encompassed Putin’s links to the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The group gained global notoriety when five members of the group staged a performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior on February 21, 2012.[5][6] The group’s actions were condemned as sacrilegious by the Orthodox clergy and eventually stopped by church security officials. The women said their protest was directed at the Orthodox Church leaders’ support for Putin during his election campaign. On March 3, 2012, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with hooliganism.

A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was arrested on March 16. Denied bail, they were held in custody until their trial began in late July. On August 17, 2012, the three members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, and each was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. On October 10, following an appeal, Samutsevich was freed on probation and her sentence suspended. The sentences of the other two women were upheld.

The trial and sentence attracted considerable attention and criticism, particularly in the West. The case was adopted by human-rights groups, including Amnesty International, which designated the women as prisoners of conscience, and by a number of prominent entertainers.Public opinion in Russia was generally less sympathetic towards them. Having served 21 months, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released on December 23, 2013, after the State Duma approved an amnesty.

Speaking as much to western European and North American audiences as to Russian audiences, in 2016 Pussy Riot anticipated a Trump victory and two weeks before the vote, released “Make America Great Again”, depicting a dystopian world where a President Trump enforces his values through beatings, shaming, and branding by stormtroopers. In describing the video, Rolling Stone magazine noted that “jaunty, carefree music contrasts with the brutal events depicted on screen.”

I have been covering Pussy Riot before mainstream media and having born witness to their commitment and roots, commend them for their trajectory of consciousness.

See 2012 Article:

Russia | Pussy Riot Rock Group Arrested Protesting Putin & Sex Tourism

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One thought on “Human Rights Court Condemns Russia for Pussy Riot Convictions

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest punk rock group based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, it had a variable membership of approximately 11 women  ranging in age from about 20 to 33 (as of 2012). ‘
    … and with sheer conviction and personal beliefs, they continue to express them in spite of Russian repression and infringement of personal rights!!

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