Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Russian Court Suspends Sentence Of One Pussy Riot Band Member

In Russia today, according to Reuters, the Moscow City Court suspended the sentence of Yekaterina Samutsevich, one of the 3 members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot who had been given a 2-year prison sentences for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred growing out of a protest performance after the band entered Christ the Savior Cathedral. (See prior posting.) It turns out that Samutsevich had not taken part in the actual performance because she had been stopped and led away before it began.  The court however reaffirmed the sentences of the other 2 band members, rejecting the argument they made in appealing their sentences that they did not intend to offend religious believers, but instead "to speak out against the merger between spiritual figures and the political elite of our country."