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4 Reasons To Keep Fighting to Free Pussy Riot (Slideshow)

4 Reasons To Keep Fighting to Free Pussy Riot (Slideshow)
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Pussy Riot members Maria AlyokhinaYekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have been jailed for two years and two other members of the band have reportedly fled Russia. Four reasons to keep fighting to free Alyokhina, Samutsevich and Tolokonnikova and to support the opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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1. Crackdown on the Opposition Continues

Earlier this week, opposition activist Taisiya Osipova was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of heroin possession. Osipova — who has a young daughter and suffers from diabetes — has said that the drugs were planted in her home in retaliation for her refusal to testify against her husband, Sergei Fomchenkov, a leader of the Other Russia movement.

Plenty of other efforts are underway to intimidate members of the Russian opposition. Maria Baronova is one of twelve activists charged after an anti-Putin protest held on May 6, the eve of Putin’s inauguration. Officers broke down her door and seized family photos, four laptops, a bunch of books, several white ribbons (a symbol of Russia’s protest movement), a pin with a pink triangle and an ultrasound when she was pregnant six years ago with her son.

As the Guardian quotes Baronova: “Do you think my child was planning unrest?”

 

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12:18PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

This FIGHT TO FREE Pussy Riot, Is FAR FROM OVER. WE WILL FIGHT FOR THEM, UNTIL THEY ARE FREED!

4:43PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Where is the reason we should support this band? What do they really stand for? The media does not like Putin,ok ; so what? Do we know enough? I do not think so.

11:54AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Tsarist Russia has returned via Putin, Christianity has returned via the Eastern Orthodox church and with it the demonizing of individuals. How awful this is. Let's hope public international outcry will free the group and bring freedom to the Russian people.

8:41AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:29AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

thanks

5:25AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

I am so frustrated this web page is not easy to reply to messages or anything else. except you have made it easy to vote thank you

4:09AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thanks for the post.

1:01AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thanks so much for this info.

12:49AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

I'm very thankful that there are so many people from all over the world who are standing together for "Pussy Riot"...that they will not be forgotten. I have their photo close at hand to remember them and send protection and good energy and prayers to them often.... I will keep this up till I hear they are home again.

12:02AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Ah, good old Stalinist Russia. Is Putin a closet Republican, what with stealing elections and all?

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