Anyone who thought that Russia under Vladmir Putin was a democracy need look no father than the current trial of Pussy Riot. Singing an anti Putin song could result in a prison term of up to 7 years. Not a lot of free speech in Russia of 2012. Hopefully world condemnation will lead to letting Pussy Riot go free or a token time behind bars. Stand up for Pussy Riot!
They got 2 years for hooliganism. 1984 anyone?
It's terrible the treatment these girls have received. Like you say Mike, hopefully the attention it has received outside Russia will help free them or at least reduce the sentence.
At least one member of Pussy Riot was released this week. Yekaterina Samutsevich was released since her attorney could prove she was not at the church where the 'hooiganism' took place. Maria Alekhina & Nadezhda Tolokonnikova each received 2 years in prison for performing an anti Putin song in the Christ Savior Cathedral. Hopefully world opinion will help Maria & Nadezhda get out of prison before their 2 year sentence is up. Stand Up for Pussy Riot!