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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    tqk (profile), 18 Aug 2012 @ 9:32pm

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    the one difference that i see compared to fascist Germany of world war 2 days is that all countries are collaborating to bring about the same changes everywhere. anyone able to tell me i'm wrong and what is actually happening while comments are still allowed?

    Not that I'm not sympathetic, but it sure seems they're pretty bloody incompetent if that's the aim. We still have a relatively unfettered Internet. We can biatch and moan all we want, and there's no Gestapo/Stasi/DHS breaking down our doors in retaliation. Hell, look at the travesty the US' DoJ visited upon Megaupload. That's damned near laughably incompetent. "What ultramaroons. What im-BEC-iles!" as Bugs Bunny would say.

    If this is the level of opposition against us, this'll be a cakewalk. They'll bury their own bodies gladly for us.

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