Pussy Riot Found Guilty Of “Hooliganism” | NYMN Investigates

If you are not yet familiar with the nearly six-month ordeal of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, NYMN has the cliff notes for you.

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Three members of the Russian band Pussy Riot — formed in response to Vladimir Putin’s September announcement that he would seek a third term — were arrested this March after a February 21, 2012 performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral of a “punk prayer” wherein they urged: “Our Lady, chase Putin out.” Since then, the Russian government has detained these young women, two of whom have small children, ignoring their pleas for release and threats of hunger strike. The women’s arrest and detention on charges of “hooliganism” and “religious hatred” has enraged proponents of free speech worldwide and prompted an outpouring of support from countless performers, including Paul McCartney, Madonna and Bjork. Amnesty International also submitted a letter on Pussy Riot’s behalf.

Trial began on July 30, 2012 and concluded on August 8, 2012. The prosecution called for each of the women to be sentenced to three years in a labor camp. The New Yorker reports that the courtroom scene was little more than a farce, with the judge blocking nearly every witness the defense called and frequently impeding any presentation of Pussy Riot’s defense, and surmises that Pussy Riot’s fate was predetermined. Earlier this month, Putin finally spoke out about the Pussy Riot inquisition trial, saying: “I don’t think that they should be judged so harshly for this.” But Violetta Volkova, one of Pussy Riot’s attorneys, sees the statement as a feigned attempt to evince independence between Putin and the Orthodox Church thereby providing the Russian court leeway to dole out a harsh sentence for the women.

A verdict came down today, finding the women guilty of “hooliganism.”

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Last evening, on the eve of the decision determining Pussy Riot’s fate, scores of demonstrations were held worldwide, including a Free Pussy Riot Public Reading at the Ace Hotel in New York in which Chloe Sevigny, Eileen Myles, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Johanna Fateman and JD Samson appeared.


Numerous protests are scheduled throughout the world today as the verdict comes down. New Yorkers can don facemasks and join in the protest, currently ongoing at the Russian Consulate at 9AM. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/262241200554708/

More to come

UPDATE 1: Moscow Judge Marina Syrova sentenced each woman to 2 years in prison.

UPDATE 2: NYPD has threatened Protesters at Russian Consulate in NYC Demonstration with immediate arrest if they do not disperse.

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