Una Mullally

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Pussy Riot’s revolution

(pic via the NME) The trial of three members of Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot began in Moscow today. They are charged with hooliganism and face up to seven years in prison after an impromptu performance on the altar …

Mon, Jul 30, 2012, 17:41

   

(pic via the NME)

The trial of three members of Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot began in Moscow today. They are charged with hooliganism and face up to seven years in prison after an impromptu performance on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, but obviously their opposition to Putin and Medvedev’s regime is at the heart of their peaceful movement, so it’s not really just about jumping around in a church. Here’s a video interview that accompanies the excellent piece by Carole Cadwalladr in Sunday’s Observer.

They have pleaded not guilty┬áto the offense and member Mariya Alekhina says the reason the case has become a criminal one is “as a result of the influence of political, law-enforcement and spiritual elites”.

There’s a comment piece in the Guardian today about Pussy Riot and the Russian courts system, and the Huffington Post has a quick guide to the court case.