Topic: Punk Group Pussy Riot Case
Supporters of Pussy Riot punk group© Photo Natol Chirokov
Supporters of Pussy Riot punk group© RIA Novosti. Alexander Smotrov
BERLIN, August 23 (RIA Novosti)
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Three copycats of Russian female punk group Pussy Riot may face three years in prison after the Catholic Church pressed charges against them, thelocal.de news website reported on Thursday.
The trio, who disrupted a service in Cologne Cathedral on Sunday, may be jailed for longer than the band they support if a court charges them and finds them guilty.
According to the Frankfurter Rundschau publication, two young men and a young woman wearing balaclavas - similar to those Pussy Riot wore during their protest in Moscow’s central Christ the Savior Cathedral in February - tried to disrupt a church service.
The trio, who carried a banner reading “Free Pussy Riot,” distributed flyers and shouted. Security guards led them out of the cathedral.
"The peace of Cologne Cathedral was disturbed - we can't and won't accept this," Robert Kleine, the cathedral's dean, was quoted by thelocal.de as saying in Frankfurter Rundschau.
"The right to demonstration cannot be set above the right to religious freedom and the religious feelings of the congregation,” he said.
The three unnamed activists could now be prosecuted for breach of the peace and disrupting the free practice of religion, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of up to three years, or a fine.
A Berlin man was sentenced to nine months in prison in 2006 when he disrupted a service on German Unity Day.
An edited clip of Pussy Riot’s protest posted online showed the group alternately high-kicking and crossing themselves near the entrance to the altar of the Christ the Savior Cathedral, accompanying the “Holy S**t” song urging the Virgin Mary to “drive out” President Vladimir Putin. The song contained words insulting to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and to believers.
Three band members were found guilty of hooliganism and jailed for two years each on August 17. This attracted both media attention and international criticism, which Moscow dismissed as "groundless" saying the band's act was not an issue of artistic performance but was "insulting to millions of Orthodox [Christian] believers."
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- jg(no title)14:18, 24/08/2012Given that the Catholic and Orthodox churches haven't really been on speaking terms for almost 1000 years, there doesn't seem to be much point in a demonstration in a Catholic church in Cologne. Even if they demonstrated in an Orthodox church, the latter didn't have any part in the sentencing of Pussy Riot and have no power to have them released. So, whilst I normally don't agree with the Catholic church, in this case, they are right and the right of the congregation and the church to hold their services shouldn't be trumped by the pointless and crass behaviour of a few arrogant youths.
I notice that none of these folk are brave enough to demonstrate in a mosque, despite the 13 century attitudes towards human rights and women espoused by followers of that religion.
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.