Topic: Punk Group Pussy Riot Case
HELSINKI, August 20 (RIA Novosti)
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Moscow issued a stern warning on Monday against any interference in its judicial affairs, especially in the case of the anti-Putin punk group Pussy Riot, who were jailed last Friday in a case that attracted worldwide interest and widespread criticism.
Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, were jailed for two years by a Moscow court for their part in the February 21 protest in the Russian capital’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The group performed a “punk prayer” urging the Virgin Mary to “drive Putin out.”
“You may personally agree or disagree with the verdict. But it is unacceptable to interfere with the court,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Responding to claims that the court “was not independent in making the decision,” Lavrov stressed President Vladimir Putin had prior to sentencing recommended leniency for the punk group members.
“A similar stance was taken by the Russian Orthodox Church,” he said.
The group was charged with “hooliganism” aimed at “inciting religious hatred.” Lawyers for Pussy Riot said the performance was not anti-religious in nature, but was in protest at Orthodox Church support for Vladimir Putin ahead of the March 4 presidential elections that returned him to the Kremlin.
The ruling sparked international condemnation. Over 50 people were detained in a protest outside the court when the sentences were handed down.
Lavrov also warned against “hasty conclusions and hysterical reaction” over the issue.
“There is always the appeals option,” he said.
Russian police said earlier on Monday they were searching for the fourth and fifth participants in the Pussy Riot protest prayer. It was unclear if the police had established the identities of the suspects.
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- lorenzoDamn Pussy riot23:15, 20/08/2012Not only the group should be jailed...they should all be shaved from head and made to work hard for their daily food, so they learn the proper way to earn their livelihood. Foreing interference should be shunned and asked to get lost, Madona and the likes should never be allowed to enter Russia for their lewdness, destructive behaviour with unnecessary comments in other countries affairs. Madonna should get a hard kick on her butts.
- mrgenieI respectfully disagree05:32, 21/08/2012Obviously those girls are sick. They need treatment from a Psychiatrist or Psychologist or similar. Also social control of course should have been in place long time ago.
Unfortunately, what we see here, is the Russian State, or Putin, not taking care of it's people, help the sick, support the sick, but instead just as in the Inquisition in Europe several centuries ago, simply "getting rid of them"
That's not the way a lawful state should work. Clearly over the years they did many things that all the world knew would be a case of medical help because they are sick. But that was unimportant, as the sick didn't say anything against the Tsar. Now they touched the Tsar, and suddenly he wakes up. That's not justice nor does it help to overcome the sickness or social disabilities.
It's the classic way how dictators rule countries.
But simply applying the Russian law to these allegations.
1)Their protest was definitely of political nature. That is by law not forbidden in Russia. So the verdict is nothing more then to say:"we don't have a law in Russia, except the grace of the Tsar"
What you are asking here Mr. Lorenzo, and in fact saying, is that Mr Adolf Hitler was a good guy, and his opponents if they were sick were bad guys. Because, as a matter of fact, whether you like it or not, but exactly the same happened in Germany in the last century, and exactly as in Russia today, Adolf exactly responded the same as the Tsar does today. Is that the way to say:"Spacibo Deduschki?" By supporting a system that does exactly the same as the nazis did in the last century. Because only a blind man can't see Russia today is going exactly the way Germany did between 1931 and 1939.
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