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Pussy Riot Trial in Moscow

15th August 2012

Allen-Prowle

The trial of three women who climbed onto the ambo of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow to sing a protest 'punk prayer' has been international news. There has been widespread condemnation of the harsh treatment meted out to these young women, who caused no damage or injury, and yet have spent five months in remand prison and now face a three-year prison sentence. 

Their trial was described by Russian and international observers alike as 'unobjective', a 'show-trial', and was compared to the famous trial against Joseph Brodsky, sent into internal exile for an equally trivial crime.

MPT, committed to a free exchange across all frontiers, is publishing the final testimonies of the three women, made in court on the 8 August 2012. 

The testimonials, translated into English by Sasha Dugdale, can be found here.

These eloquent texts describe the reasons for their actions, and also give details of some of the court proceeding.
They make desperate reading, although they are far from hopeless.


Also here is a translation of the PUSSY RIOT punk prayer, sung in the Christ the Saviour cathedral on 21 February 2012. 

Click on this link to see the performance itself on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCasuaAczKY&feature=youtu.be

Click here for PUSSY RIOT's live journal webpage (in Russian, but with some good photographs of PUSSY RIOT actions):

http://pussy-riot.livejournal.com/

Click here to go to the FREE PUSSY RIOT page and find out about rallies around the world to support the women: http://freepussyriot.org/

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