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Three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot have been sentenced to 2 years in prison. Photo by Denis Bochkarev.

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

It’s a sad, sad day for free speech in Russia.

Today, in two separate court cases, judges ruled against the right of Russians to express views that make others uncomfortable.

First, three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for  “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

The Guardian, which provided live updates from inside the courtroom (where the temperature was 103 degrees and the verdict three hours long), offers this summary of the day’s events:

• Three members of Punk feminist protest band Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in a Moscow court after their performance in February inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral .

• Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 were sentenced to two years in prison – the minimum sentence for such an offence open to the courts.

 In sentencing the judge argued that bands’ feminist beliefs were part of encouraging religious hatred.

• There were protests outside the courts and world chess Grand Master, turned politician Gary Kasparov was arrested along with opposition politician, Sergei Udaltsov.

• Amnesty and Human Rights watch have both condemned the verdict whilst the Russian Orthodox church has called on the government to show “mercy”.

• After the sentencing, Pussy Riot released a new single, Putin Lights up the Fires.

Second, Moscow’s high court upheld a ban on LGBTQ pride for the next 100 years. According to the BBC:

The Moscow city government argues that the gay parade would risk causing public disorder and that most Muscovites do not support such an event.

In September, the Council of Europe – the main human rights watchdog in Europe – will examine Russia’s response to a previous European Court ruling on the gay rights issue, Russian media report.

These are rights that many of us take for granted on a daily basis. To exercise them today, check out the Pussy Riot solidarity actions happening around the city.

Below is a music video, edited by the Guardian, for the new Pussy Riot single.



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