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vailpass
08-17-2012, 01:15 PM
Updated at 11:29 a.m. ET: MOSCOW -- A judge sentenced three women who staged an anti-Kremlin protest on the altar of Moscow's main Russian Orthodox church to two years in jail each on Friday in a trial seen as test of President Vladimir Putin's tolerance of dissent.

The trio from punk band Pussy Riot, handcuffed in a courtroom cage, reacted with giggles and one rolled her eyes when the judge issued the sentences after reading the guilty verdict for almost three hours.

A man in the courtroom shouted "Shame!" and hundreds of protesters outside the Moscow courthouse repeated that chant and whistled when news of the sentence came.

"They are in jail because it is Putin's personal revenge," opposition leader Alexei Navalny said in the courtroom. "This verdict was written by Vladimir Putin."

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for performing a "punk prayer" in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. They called on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin.

Their feminist punk collective has about 10 members who appear in public in ski masks for anonymous impromptu performances they describe as a form of protest art.

The defendants said they were protesting against close ties between Putin and the Russian Orthodox church and did not intend to offend believers, but the judge rejected those arguments.

The U.S. Embassy in Russia criticized the sentences.

"Today's sentence in the Pussy Riot case looks disproportionate to the actions," the U.S. Embassy in Russia wrote in Russian on Friday on its Twitter microblog.


Prosecutors had requested three-year sentences. The two-year sentences include the nearly six months served since the defendants were jailed following the Feb. 21 protest.

In a sign of the tension over the trial in a small Moscow courtroom, Judge Marina Syrova was assigned bodyguards on Thursday following what authorities said were threats.

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Pussy Riot was formed last year in anger at Putin's decision to return to the presidency in an election after four years as premier. The band's public performances were popular on the Internet, but it is the trial that has brought them global fame.

The charges against them raised concern abroad about freedom of speech in Russia two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Pop star Madonna has joined the chorus of criticism over the trial of a Russian women's punk band accused of religious hatred. The three women face years in jail after mounting a protest against Vladimir Putin on the altar of the country's main cathedral. It's part of a widening government crackdown on dissent. ITV's Paul Davies reports.

Small, but raucous protests were held Friday in a few dozen cities in support of the three women. A few dozen people came out in Barcelona, Spain, a couple hundred in Paris, and a handful in Washington. Other rallies were held in Bulgaria, Ukraine and elsewhere.


The opposition says Putin saw the trial initially as a chance to strengthen his relationship with the influential Russian Orthodox Church -- about 70 percent of Russians say they follow the faith -- but his plans backfired.

Although believers were united in outrage that the band thrashed out a "punk prayer" deriding Putin in a place they consider sacrosanct, many were upset by the Church hierarchy's lack of forgiveness and calls for "divine retribution."

Many Russians, including some of the Orthodox faithful, are concerned about ties between church and state under Patriarch Kirill, who has praised Putin's rule as a "miracle of God."

Aware that a long sentence could reinforce the picture Pussy Riot has painted of him as intolerant and repressive, Putin told reporters this month that although the women had done "nothing good," they should not be judged too harshly.

But the damage to Putin's image abroad has already been done, and divisions between his supporters and opponents have widened, risking polarizing society even more than when protests took off against his 12-year-rule during the winter.


In moves seen by the opposition as a crackdown, parliament has recently rushed through laws increasing fines for protesters, tightening controls on the Internet -- which is used to arrange protests -- and imposing stricter rules on defamation.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/17/13332092-russian-court-sentences-pussy-riot-rockers-to-2-years-in-prison?lite

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Detoxing
08-17-2012, 01:15 PM
OP did not deliver.

Stewie
08-17-2012, 01:17 PM
Don't fuck with Pooty-poot!

Donger
08-17-2012, 01:18 PM
"Today's sentence in the Pussy Riot case looks disproportionate to the actions," the U.S. Embassy in Russia wrote in Russian on Friday on its Twitter microblog.

That's one big pussy.

LMAO

L.A. Chieffan
08-17-2012, 01:18 PM
Hope and change EH?

vailpass
08-17-2012, 01:20 PM
2 out of 3 of them look doable. If I could get the damn video to embed.

KCUnited
08-17-2012, 01:21 PM
http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=221377&page=13

Garcia Bronco
08-17-2012, 01:22 PM
I get upset about our Government all the time, but then I smile and realize. "At least I don't live in that shithole."

Cornstock
08-17-2012, 01:23 PM
This is the epitome of tl;dr. Luckily I've already heard of this story so i skimmed ahead to the sentence length part.

vailpass
08-17-2012, 01:24 PM
I get upset about our Government all the time, but then I smile and realize. "At least I don't live in that shithole."

Putin is KGB and no two ways about it. He knows how to play the game and smile on the outside but he's old school hammer and sickle hardcore.

vailpass
08-17-2012, 01:25 PM
This is the epitome of tl;dr. Luckily I've already heard of this story so i skimmed ahead to the sentence length part.

Yourself tree antifreeze aids kill.

Fat Elvis
08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
The closing statements from one of the band members are pretty awesome if you take the time to read them. You really wouldn't expect them from a 22 y/o....

http://eng-pussy-riot.livejournal.com/4602.html

vailpass
08-17-2012, 01:30 PM
The closing statements from one of the band members are pretty awesome if you take the time to read them. You really wouldn't expect them from a 22 y/o....

http://eng-pussy-riot.livejournal.com/4602.html

Wow. Powerful. Intelligent woman burning with passion that has the courage of her convictions. Just the kind a repressive govt. needs to silence.

gblowfish
08-17-2012, 01:37 PM
I don't know about "Pussy Riot" but I do know that Russian spy chick Anna Chapman is hot...

Yowza...

http://i49.tinypic.com/b894w4.jpg

patteeu
08-17-2012, 01:50 PM
This thread isn't complete without a music video:

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Spongeblack Bobtard
08-17-2012, 03:00 PM
The main chick from pussy riot is hot. That said, this sucks and I feel bad for them. Hopefully, they lit a fire over there.

tooge
08-17-2012, 03:04 PM
I am disappoint. Expected pics of crazy rioting vaginas and I get some bullshit about the Kremlin.

mikey23545
08-17-2012, 03:05 PM
How many revolutions will Russia need before they get it right?

Der Flöprer
08-17-2012, 03:26 PM
Bradley Manning.

listopencil
08-17-2012, 04:04 PM
The closing statements from one of the band members are pretty awesome if you take the time to read them. You really wouldn't expect them from a 22 y/o....

http://eng-pussy-riot.livejournal.com/4602.html


Good stuff.

listopencil
08-17-2012, 04:04 PM
I need a Pussy Riot t-shirt.

gblowfish
08-17-2012, 04:09 PM
I need a Pussy Riot t-shirt.
Here ya go, dude...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400312851402?hlp=false&var=

vailpass
08-17-2012, 04:11 PM
Here ya go, dude...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400312851402?hlp=false&var=

This ones' kinda' cool too...

http://shop.amnestyusa.org/Amnesty-International-USA-FreePussyRiot-TShirt/dp/B008RYM7W0

vailpass
08-17-2012, 04:12 PM
But this one's the best...

http://www.allriot.com/t-shirts/pussy-riot-t-shirt

listopencil
08-17-2012, 04:16 PM
Here ya go, dude...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/400312851402?hlp=false&var=

I'm going to make a trip to the nearest Liberal hippie college town and just buy one instead. I have some shopping to do anyway.

listopencil
08-17-2012, 04:17 PM
But this one's the best...

http://www.allriot.com/t-shirts/pussy-riot-t-shirt


Nice.

KChiefer
08-17-2012, 04:21 PM
I need a Pussy Riot t-shirt.

Tryin' to bag some thick frames with dyed hair and mismatched socks are we???

listopencil
08-17-2012, 04:24 PM
Tryin' to bag some thick frames with dyed hair and mismatched socks are we???

Little punk chicks are hot as fuck. But no, I enjoy freedom of expression.

MatriculatingHank
08-17-2012, 04:24 PM
Channeling the ghost of Wendy O. Williams...

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listopencil
08-17-2012, 04:28 PM
Channeling the ghost of Wendy O. Williams...

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ROFL I could totally see her going, "What? My tits are covered. Shut the fuck up."

vailpass
08-17-2012, 04:34 PM
Are those clothespins?

listopencil
08-17-2012, 04:40 PM
Are those clothespins?

Clothespins and some kind of cream.

vailpass
08-17-2012, 04:41 PM
Clothespins and some kind of cream.

Got-DAMN that's gotta' sting a little

listopencil
08-17-2012, 04:50 PM
Got-DAMN that's gotta' sting a little

Some women enjoy the feel of clothespins on their erect nipples. I'm sure in her day Wendy would have given you the ride of your life.

gblowfish
08-17-2012, 04:52 PM
Channeling the ghost of Wendy O. Williams...

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Cool link.

Richie Stotts was the lead guitarist of the Plasmatics. He was 6' 7", had a blue mohawk, and wore French maid's costumes and other crazy shit on stage.

He went to the University of Indiana and got a master's degree in Geology, and now works as an engineer for Thomas Reuters in NYC. Wow.... talk about a crazy past for a white collar engineer!