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Pussy Riot receive support from Madonna

08 Aug

Pussy Riot – the trial involving 3 members of the Russian feminist punk rock group is currently taking place in Moscow and the women have received support from many figures around the world.

Madonna is the latest high-profile person from the world of music to offer her support to the 3 women. Previously they have had messages of support from Sting, Peter Gabriel, Bjork, Faith No More and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. There has also been interest in the case from the US Government and Amnesty International, who called the 3 Pussy Riot members “prisoners of conscience”.

The case revolves around the fact that Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, played a song attacking Russian leader Vladimir Putin in front of the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral on 21 February. Prosecutors have accused the women of inciting religious hatred and are looking to jail them for 3 years.

The case seems to have divided opinion in Russia with many feeling that the case is too strong a way of dealing with the protest and that the girls should be let off with a rap on the knuckles. There are however still a number of old school opinions of thought in Russia and indeed one of the prosecutors in the case has said “feminism is a mortal sin.” This shows how far much of the country still has to travel before it can be seen as being truly “Westernized” following the breakdown of communism in Russia in 1991.

Putin will no doubt be less than pleased at the coverage the case has received in the worldwide media and also the level of support for the girls in Russia. Russian artist Petr Pavlensky staged a protest against the Pussy Riot trial in front of St Petersburg’s Kazan Cathedral, sewing his mouth shut and holding a banner that read “Pussy Riot act is a replay of a famous act by Jesus Christ”.

The Russian judge is expected to start giving her verdict on the case from 17 August with her pronouncements going on for several days. One thing is for sure whatever the outcome the case has made Pussy Riot the most famous Russian group throughout the world.

 
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