Russia Confirms To The World That It's Not A Fan Of Free Speech: Pussy Riot Gets Two Years In Jail

from the pussy-riot-in-jail dept

Hopefully, many of you have been following the legal fight in Russia over the band/collective Pussy Riot, who performed an anti-Putin song inside a key Moscow cathedral. If so, then you know that, today, the band was sentenced to two years in jail. The sentence could have been worse, but just the fact that they're being punished, at all, for expressing their views is troubling enough. The three women have already been in jail since March, while the case moved forward. At the beginning, it was assumed that they would end up with jail sentences, but there had been some hope that the Russian judiciary would recognize the general horror of the rest of the world at the case and perhaps back down. The women are planning to appeal, so this isn't over yet.

Either way, the verdict is unfortunate in many ways. We talk about free speech issues all the time around here, and we recognize that other countries don't always view freedom of speech as being as central or as important as the US does. That said, the whole idea that a band would end up in jail over political speech should be distressing and problematic to anyone with a developed sense of "right" and "wrong." Some will say this isn't surprising, or that this is the way that some countries operate, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't still be offended by the decision on principle.

Filed Under: free speech, protests, pussy riot, russia, vladimir putin


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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Aug 2012 @ 5:35pm

    Putin vs Medvedev

    This censorship is being driven by Putin rather than the Russian government as a whole. The rest of them care little about criticism of Putin, but Putin cares. Medvedev was getting corruption cleaned up, a task that Russia desperately needs done, before the presidential election. That should have made him wildly popular, yet he lost to Putin. Then the bad old days of corruption returned.

    Does anybody know why Putin is so popular with the Russian people? Why do they love him so? Why did they not appreciate Medvedev? Similarly, why did they not appreciate Gorbachev?

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