Earlier today, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for the three imprisoned members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be released. In fact, they may entirely done doing jail time. Having already served five months prior to their August convinctions of “hooliganism driven by religious hatred,” they could potentially not be forced to go back to prison since their appeal is in just a few weeks on October 1st.
According to the The Associated Press:
The outward appearance of the women, who perform in bright-colored miniskirts and balaclavas, and the ‘hysteria’ accompanying them made him sick, Medvedev said with disdain. But he said keeping them in prison any longer would be unproductive. ‘In my view, a suspended sentence would be sufficient, taking into account the time they have already spent in custody,’ he said during a televised meeting with members of his United Russia party in the city of Penza.
The crimes they were charged with stemmed from an incident inside of Moscow’s main cathedral. As Vladimir Putin was up for a third term of presidency, Pussy Riot performed a “raucous prayer” begging the Virgin Mary to save the country from Putin. Many saw this as an attack on the Russian Orthodox Church while many others considered it a declaration to be protected as free speech. The “Free Pussy Riot” movement has seen incredible amounts of support across the globe with protests in dozens of major cities. Brightly colored balaclavas became a widely made thing, in fact.
However, there are those who have put political pressure on Russian politicians who believe that Pussy Riot’s release shows weakness and as folding under pressure, something Putin is incredibly opposed being associated with his image.
Lovelies, how do you feel about Pussy Riot’s release?