Freedom of speech in any country matters and the fact that these two women were found guilty of inciting racial hatred by singing a punk prayer inside the cathedral – after the police had originally decided that they had committed no crime – is proof how unjust the Russian system is.
This is exactly how feminists are treated in Russia in the 21st Century. It’s tottaly unjust…
Originally posted on National Post | News:
MOSCOW — Two female members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot convicted of protesting against President Vladimir Putin in a cathedral have been sent to prisons far from Moscow despite requesting to serve out their terms in the capital, a lawyer said on Monday.
Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” in August and sentenced to two years in jail, a punishment that many in the West said was too harsh.
Their stunt – bursting into Moscow’s main Russian Orthodox Cathedral to urge the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin – infuriated the church and many Russians. But Kremlin critics said their trial was part of a crackdown on dissent orchestrated by Putin, who began a six-year presidential term in May.