RUSSIAN PUNX PUSSY RIOT FACING UP TO 7YRS IN PRISON

taken from freepussyriot.org where you can find articles, statements and updates on the case.

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Appeal to Justice under UDHR, CEDAW and Russian Constitution

Three alleged members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, charged with “hooliganism”, have been remanded in jail, facing up to 7 years criminal punishment for allegedly participating in the punk-prayer Virgin Mary, Send Putin Away that publicly demonstrated for human rights and against the current oppressive regime under Putin. The case illustrates the gross level of violations against human rights in Russia and requires immediate attention. The detained activists now need the support of the world’s community.

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“Pussy Riot” is an anonymous Russian Feminist Punk Band formed in October 2011. Through a series of peaceful performances in highly visible places, the band has given voice to basic rights under threat in Russia today, while expressing the values and principles of gender equality, democracy and freedom of expression contained in the Russian constitution and other international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the CEDAW Convention.

Pussy Riot Statement Pussy Riot Live Journal

CHRONOLOGY OF THE CASE

• 21 February 2012. “Pussy Riot”, Russian Feminist Punk Band, performs a ‘punk-prayer’ with chorus”Virgin Mary, Become Feminist / Virgin Mary, Hash Putin Away” at the altar of the Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow. The ‘prayer’ lasts for less than a minute after which the band-members are removed from the church by the guards.

• The same day a montaged video of the ‘punk-prayer’ is uploaded on the Youtube, going viral with over 600.000 views:

• In the following days Russian Orthodox Church initiates a criminal case against “Pussy Riot” legally incriminating the band with ‘hooliganism’ and maximum punishment of seven years incarceration . FSB Special Department on Terrorism takes on the case, while the Orthodox activists report the names of the alleged band-members on-line. Massive media/public smear-campaign against “blasphemous women” starts.

• 4 March 2012, the day of controversial presidential elections, two alleged band-members arrested: Maria Alyokhina (environmental activist) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (civil activist) are incarcerated in Moscow. Both women declare hunger-strike in protest and exercise their right to silence under 51 article of Russian Constitution

• In violation of law that permits maximum 48 hrs detention on suspicion, women are remanded in prison prior to incrimination of official charges and in the absence of sufficient evidence to file such charges. Case of “Pussy Riot” ranked as ‘of special importance’ assigned an investigating team of five, headed by lieutenant – colonel A. Radchenkov. www.freepussyriot.org is launched

• 14 March 2012, defense appeal on pre-trial incarceration rejected. Both suspects remanded in prison till final trial on 24 April 2012 ( detailed report on hearing ). Scuffle breaks out in front of the court: ( see Reuters )

• 15 March 2012, Ekaterina Samutsevic, previously witness in the case, arrested on suspicion and remanded in prison till 24 April 2012. The third arrestee exercises her right to silence. Nadezhda and Maria are officially incriminated with ‘hooliganism’.

• 19 March 2012, defense appeals for change of arrest measures against Ekaterina. All three women are reported, by defense, to be under illegal 24-hour video surveillance, while Maria and Nadezhda, both mothers, threaten by investigating team to lose their parental rights. Russian Orthodox Church, in its official statement calls authorities to take strictest possible measures against ‘blasphemous women’ and asks all sympathizing with arrested women Orthodoxes to join “Militant”/”Triumphant church of Russia.

• 28 March 2012, 14.10. Moscow City Court rejects an appeal on arrest of Ekaterina Samutsevich.

19 April 2012 Final Trial at Moscow City Court

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