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Three young women are being detained by Russian authorities for allegedly performing a protest song in a cathedral as part of feminist punk group "Pussy Riot".

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Paula M (39)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 4:44 pm
Thank you for this article.

Florence Eaise (132)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:35 pm
definately signed shared and noted! It always blows my mind that countries can still get away with this crap! To be honest it completely frightens me! Thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 7:17 pm
Great article. Thanks.

Judy C (97)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 7:20 pm
These are some courageous women. Two of my kids were punks (still are at heart), so I'm really hoping the best for these girls. Signed. Thanks, Cal.

Fran F (118)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 9:13 pm
Signed and shared in support of these brave young women and their right to freedom of expression. Thanks, Cal!

Yulan Lawson (156)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 11:14 pm
Noted and signed. Wow, never thought I'd be signing for something like this. What's the world coming to?

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday August 17, 2012, 1:10 am
Signed and noted. Looks like nothing has changed in the ex soviet union yet. However, it will.

Susanna Westerholm (8)
Friday August 17, 2012, 1:45 am
Noted & signed. Said this before, saying it again: Putin is a monster.

Joy W (103)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:08 am
Thanks .

Danny M (83)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:17 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Cal!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:46 am
noted and signed

Joe R (190)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:50 am
Signed and noted.

Stan B (123)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:14 am
Russia is still a basket case when it comes to human rights.

Veronique L (209)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:15 am
Signed....with hope!!

Carol H (229)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:00 am
signed and noted

Elaya Raja (39)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:26 am

Sam E M (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:52 am
This must be one of the best publicity stunts ever, since the whole world is talking about these girls. They knew the risks, because they are Russian after all, so they were counting on the worldwide media coverage to boost their musical careers and to save them from a prison sentence.

I maintain that it's not the song that's the problem, it's the fact of singing it and dancing along in an orthodox cathedral. I think it's disgusting that even though they might themselves follow no religion, they aren't decent enough to respect the faith of others.


Michela M (3964)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:58 am
already signed

Donna B (36)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:29 am
Just heard that Pussy Riot has been found guilty! Sad sad news. they will be sentenced later today. Just wanted to post so everyone can find out. Hope you read this Cal. Thx!!

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:40 am
Signed TY Cal

SANDRA R (144)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:40 am
Noted and signed. Thank you Cal.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:30 am
Previously signed. I am going to look for a FB page on the issue.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:38 am
Signed, of course. It beggars belief that people could be imprisoned for two years for singing a song.The smacks of an old-time Soviet crackdown, doesn't it?

I wish them well, but the reptilian Putin is master of playing the long game. He's clearly calculating that there'll be a week's bad P.R. then we'll all move on the next story and it won't be in the headlines any more.

Time will tell.

Wilde Thange (10)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:29 am
One can sympathize with demonstrting in monolithic sexually repressive institutions, we need more of that here. Code Pink tries... and we have poitical convention demonstators allowed to demonstate in fenced in parks on the othe side of towns. It is the US use of their demonstation for political and strategic advantage that destoys their chance to be treated less severely. Meanwhile our human rights record was set by invading Iraq...

Seda A (4)
Friday August 17, 2012, 1:15 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you.

Esther Z (94)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:21 pm
Noted and already signed.

. (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:51 pm
Signed and Noted.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:15 pm
Per Robert S, C2 member on another thread, concerning these women he wrote:

Very Sorry to see this...

Russian Punk Band Is Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Anti-Putin Stunt

A Moscow judge delivered a two-year prison sentence on Friday against three members of a punk band who staged a protest against Vladimir V. Putin in an Orthodox cathedral last February and whose jailing and trial on hooliganism charges have generated worldwide criticism of constraints on political speech in Russia.

John D (22)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:35 pm
Human rights in Russia? You have got to be joking. Putin is a relic of the KBG past and an idiot without a cause.

Devon Leonar (54)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:07 pm
I've been following this and my heartfelt prayers will continue streaming over the miles to them until I hear they are released. I pray their inner light grows even stronger...brighter....and that the beauty and truth within their spirits will never be broken.
We must not forget them. Two years is is a long amount of days and nights to be held hostage and at the mercy of all sorts of people who don't care about you...fear you....even hate you because they fear you.
So please don't forget these Artist Activists as we move on to so many many other voices crying out for justice...for truth...for freedom just to Be.

Devon Leonar (54)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:08 pm
Thanks Cal..signed, noted, and posted on Facebook.

Lori Mabry (18)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:57 am
Fear and ignorance of the unknown or uneducated is a powerful thing. My thoughts and prayers are with these young womaen
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