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Kremlin Dismisses West's Pussy Riot Criticism

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Kremlin Dismisses West's Pussy Riot CriticismKremlin Dismisses West's Pussy Riot Criticism
21:09 22/08/2012
MOSCOW, August 22 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Alexander Lukashevich, Russia

Moscow on Wednesday lashed out at the West over its criticism of the Pussy Riot case and the lack of freedom of artistic expression in Russia.

Three punk group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were jailed on August 17 over a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s largest cathedral in a trial that attracted both mass media attention and sharp international criticism.

Commenting on the campaign in defense of the group, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said it was not an issue of “artistic performance.”

“Our opponents ignore the fact that the punk group’s action was insulting to millions of Orthodox [Christian] believers, as well as representatives of other faiths, who adhere to traditional moral values,” he said.

He also dismissed the charges of persecution for artistic expression, citing the case of the Voina guerilla art group, which was awarded a state prize in the “innovation category” last year for “a rather controversial piece of art.”

“So the claims of persecution over freedom of artistic expression are totally groundless,” he concluded.

An edited clip of Pussy Riot’s protest posted online showed the group alternately high-kicking and crossing themselves at the altar of the Christ the Savior Cathedral, the accompanying “Holy S**t” song urging the Virgin Mary to “drive out” President Vladimir Putin and railing against the powerful Orthodox Church’s pre-election support for the former KGB officer.

 

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  • Michael JohnathenMore Hype over nothing
    11:03, 23/08/2012
    If our news doesn't have anything better to report on, or don't want to report on news(IE Syrian rebels loosing) they make news on anything to draw attention away from our domestic and foreign problems.

    I personally wouldn't surprised if my government wasn't supporting these groups by funding them through their various "endowment" groups.
  • lmStupid pussy riot
    12:49, 23/08/2012
    Tourists sentenced to jail for kissing a Buddha statue


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