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3 Pussy Riot Members Start Hunger Strike

3 Pussy Riot Members Start Hunger Strike

 

Imprisoned members of the punk band Pussy Riot announced they would start a hunger strike on Wednesday, the Moscow Times reports. The Russian oppositional group, known for speaking out on human and women’s rights issues in Russia, were originally charged with hooliganism after performing an anti-Putin song in Christ the Saviour Cathedral earlier this year.

Wearing bright balaclavas and skirts the women proceeded to chant an anti-Putin prayer and were quickly escorted away from the cathedral. No vandalism occurred during the protest and this event happened just weeks before now-president Vladimir Putin signed into a law a harsh anti-protest bill that bloated fines for demonstrators.

Three women from the group have remained behind bars over the last four months awaiting trial. Multiple calls have been made to allow the three women out on bail until their trial date. Two of the women have small children. Just last week more than 100 supporters from the arts community in Russia published a public letter pleading for the release of the women.

The women were told this week that they would go to trial on Monday, a rush decision that they and their legal defense were not prepared for. The women started the hunger strike in retaliation. About 100 supporters joined in raising concern for the women by standing outside the courtroom this week during the announcement of the trial date.

The women and their lawyers believe the justice system is attempting to speed up the trial in order to convict and jail the women before the situation gets out of hand. The Independent quotes one of the lawyers for the defense on this topic:

There is nothing in Russian law that could qualify these actions as criminal… The case is full of procedural violations and they are trying to speed up the hearing to ensure that we don’t have time to respond to them all.

The women and their lawyers will be required to go over a 2,800-page indictment by Monday. The judge deemed this time frame ample for the defendants to get their case together. But the women and their supporters still believe the court has made politically motivated decisions.

One lawyer for the defense believes that the court wants to go to trial quickly and send the women to prison by mid-August in order to avoid any further scandals.

Although the judge hoped to move swiftly and quietly into the legal proceedings, the hunger strike disrupts this smooth course and opens up the Russian justice system to worldwide scrutiny. Each of the women from Pussy Riot could face up to seven years in prison for hooliganism, a charge the defense maintains is false.

 

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10:07AM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

So the women CHOSE not to eat and wonder why they are now sick in court?? No one to blame for themselves. I hope bucking Putin's anti-protest law was worth losing their kids. How selfish to leave young kids without a mother. Just foolish the way these events have unfolded.

1:39PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

They are on trial today. I just read about it on NBC news. Thought that maybe everyone would want to know.

9:10PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

I think the Russian Government needs to watch Star Trek. The original series. Just to find out what innovation and equality are. Funny how intergalactic was fine, but the interracial kiss between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura was a scandal in the movies...

But, we can learn a whole lot about equality as well as passing out peacefulness in watching Star Trek.

2:09PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Keep reporting on what's happening with them. Thanks for the article.

2:07PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Keep reporting on what's happening with them. Thanks for the article.

1:14PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Interesting.

1:11PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

I thought Russia had gotten over this when it got over communism. evidently not.

8:02AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Exactly what did they expect?

One of the key things is change is staying alive to accomplish a goal. You don't offer the cop a hit off your joint, fart in a courtroom or spit on the no spitting sign when the cop is there.

Common sense

They wished to cause a reaction and they got a reaction, now they deal with the process they knew was there to quell. A hunger strike is the wrong way as if you do not think the govenment will shove a tube down your nose for the government to say how they are keeping you healthy...perhaps you did not think you would be arrested for singing political issues in a church were churches were pretty non-existant or underground just a few yrs ago.

Change comes slowly to work

9:27PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Please keep us updated. I've seen nothing about this on the news. Just a few punk females, so no big deal? I hope not. Is there a petition to the State Department asking them to inteceed?

6:51PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Hopefully the PR activists can resolve this quickly.

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