Prosecutor seeks three years sentence
for members of Pussy Riot
|On the seventh day of the legal proceedings in Moscow, the prosecutor called for a three year prison sentence for Pussy Riot band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich.
The three women, detained since March 2012 for staging a music happening in a Moscow church, are accused of hooliganism with a religious hate motive. As the prosecutor made known to the public its desire to have the three women locked up for three years, the international pressure, support and solidarity action continues to grow.
Harsh prosecutor – international solidarity
Change.org petition letter:
Similar solidarity actions can be found on the World Council of Churches — that have also set up an online petition for their release:
To the World Council of Churches:
Causes.com petition to President Vladimir Putin
Growing solidarity from musicians
“I am against censorship and throughout my whole career I’ve always promoted freedom of expression, freedom of speech. So obviously, I think that what happened to them [Pussy Riot] is unfair!”
She urged Russia not to jail the women:
“I hope they do not have to serve seven years in jail. That would be a tragedy,” she said. “I think art should be political. Historically speaking, art always reflects what’s going on socially. So for me, it’s hard to separate the idea of being an artist and being political.”
“It’s appalling that the musicians from Pussy Riot could face prison sentences of up to seven years in jail. Dissent is a legitimate and essential right in any democracy and modern politicians must accept this fact with tolerance. A sense of proportion – and a sense of humor – is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness. Surely the Russian authorities will completely drop these spurious charges and allow the women, these artists, to get back to their lives and to their children.”
Background: About Pussy Riot’s case in brief
The three imprisoned women, all in their 20s, have been refused bail, and in July the local court extended their detention until January 2013. They are accused of hooliganism with a religious hate motive and risk a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted.
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Russian Legal Information Centre (RAPSI) – 7 August 2012:
‘Prosecution seeks three-year prison sentences for Pussy Riot members’
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