Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Artist Appeals Russian Court's Fine For Causing Religious Offense By Selling Pussy Riot Shirts

In Russia, fallout from last year's conviction of members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot for their protest performance in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral continues. RAPSI today reports that in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, artist Artyom Loskutov has filed an appeal of a 1000 ruble ($33 US) fine imposed on him by a magistrate's court for causing religious offense by selling Pussy Riot T-shirts.  In his appeal of last month's administrative case against him, Loskutov argues that his actions cannot be seen as causing religious offense.