The trial of Pussy Riot is concluded, rather than pronounce instant judgement the Judge in the case has said she needs 10 days to consider the evidence due to the glare of the international media.
It has been a long trial for these women, sleep deprivation and not being fed adequately has undoubtedly taken its toll on their physical well-being and their mental state, the pressure of not knowing if they will see their families must be strain enough, but they are still defiant.
I am not scared of you,” Alyokhina told the court. “I’m not scared of lies and fiction, or the badly formed deception that is the verdict of this so-called court. Because my words will live, thanks to openness.
The Press Gallery erupted in cheers of support – this is not a win for Putin.
though we are behind bars w are freer than them. We say what we want, they say what censorship allows.
This is the voice of courage, this is the voice of freedom.
I am reminded of the Simon and Garfunkel song ‘A Church is Burning’ which was a protest against the race riots in the 60’s
A church is more than just timber and stone
And freedom is a dark road when you’re walking it alone
But the future is now, and it’s time to take a stand
So the lost bells of freedom can ring out in my land
The Church is claiming they have been traumatized and that Pussy Riot have victimized and insulted Russian Orthodoxy, when in fact they have done no such thing, even if they had the possible seven-year jail sentence is excessive.
The Russian Orthodox Church is framing this as a religious hatred trial, it is not. If the Church wants to see what a protest against the Church looks likes then I think they should refer to the Bible, Christ driving out the money lenders is a political protest against the Church. A little more recently in the UK Peter Tatchell protested against the Church of England. In 1998 Peter Tatchell, Gay Rights Campaigner, interrupted a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury in protest against the Church’s stance against the ordination of Gay Clergy, that is a protest against the Church (as a matter of interest the Judge tried him under an 1860 Law and fined him £18.60) – that is how democracies treat protest.
The Pussy Riot protest was demonstrably against the Putin regime clamping down on protest, in his inauguration protesters were banned, some who did go on the street were arrested. This is a regime that is systemically stamping out opposition – using the Church as a proxy in an unholy alliance between Church and State.
Of the thirteen defence witnesses called only three were allowed, the prosecution consistently asked ‘are you of the Orthodox faith’ and the defence lawyer openly argued with the Judge.
The verdict is a foregone conclusion, the conclusion being that this is show trial and it is democracy that has been found lacking in Russia.
Free Pussy Riot