Pussy Riot’s fate

Pussy Riot is a female Russian punk band who staged a protest against Putin’s close ties with the Orthodox Church earlier this year. As is well-known, the three-woman band burst into Moscow’s main cathedral and sang a protest song on the altar. They were arrested, and have been in prison ever since. They were originally sentenced to two years in jail. One member was freed on appeal, receiving only a suspended sentence, on the grounds that she had been pulled away from the altar before the song began. But the sentences of the two other members have been upheld. Rumour has it that they have been sent to two of the harshest, Soviet-era prison camps – far away from their friends, supporters, and family, including their young children – but I understand that this has not been officially confirmed. You can read more from Reuters.

3 thoughts on “Pussy Riot’s fate

  1. What is a “Soviet-era prison camp”?
    I live in Lithuania and I am sure most of the prisons here were built in the time when this was part of the Soviet Union, as were hospitals, roads and universities. What is the information gained by calling these things “Soviet-era”?
    I actually live in a house that was built during the Soviet Union. It doesn’t make me feel bad at all. It’s quite cosy. I can still be a liberal and democratic person.

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