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Amnesty International urges release of Pussy Riot girls

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July 30, 2012, 6:44 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

Maria Alekhina, left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, top, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, right, members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot seen behind a glass wall at a court in Moscow, Russia, Russia, Monday, July 30, 2012.
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Moscow/London - Amnesty International has questioned the objectivity of the trial of the Pussy Riot punk band over its concert at the Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

This trial should have never taken place, the human rights watchdog's press secretary for Europe and Central Asia Lydia Aroyo said in a statement that reached Interfax on Monday.

Three Pussy Riot girls are standing trial for their legal protest, not for a crime, and therefore must be immediately released, the statement says.

They dared challenge the two pillars of the Russian establishment - the Kremlin and the Orthodox Church, Aroyo said, adding that even though many people found their action insulting, a potential seven-year prison sentenced for hooliganism is completely inappropriate.

Amnesty International has serious doubts that the defendants - Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova - will get a fair trial due to a very unfavorable atmosphere fueled by statements from a number of top-level politicians and clerics, Aroyo said.

Quite evidently, it's a politically motivated trial, she said.

The trial resumed on Monday. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova refused to plead guilty.

"Our refusal to plead guilty of the charges specified in Part 2, Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code does not mean that we are not ready to explain our actions or to apologize for hurt feelings," she said in a statement read by her lawyer Violetta Volkova at Monday's hearing.

"My ethical assessment of Pussy Riot's punk prayer is as follows: it was an ethical mistake on our part to let our planned surprise punk concert belonging to the political genre to be taken into a church. But it hadn't even occurred to us back then that our actions could be insulting to anyone," Tolokonnikova said.

The prosecutor accused the Pussy Riot girls of carrying out a premeditated action aimed at insulting the feeling of believers.

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kpxoxol July 30, 2012, 8:44 p.m.    

Seven years in jail will be very beneficial for the brain dead idiots to learn to consider the sanctity of the Russia Orthodox Church which represents the will of millions of believers. This time the west paid idiots did it in their already soiled pants big time, heh, heh, heh :D

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AL BALA July 31, 2012, 5:30 a.m.    

However, the arrests began in Forgiveness Sunday before Lent.

http://www.day.kiev.ua/232035

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Jenn Smith Aug. 29, 2012, 2:23 a.m.    

Would Amnesty International defend them if it was a Nazi punk band shouting defamation of Jews atop Auschwitz?

Pussy Rot are fascist-marxist GENOCIDE supporters.

Pussy Rot is anti-humanitarian. They attacked a persecuded people's sacred house of worship. A people, Christians, were murdered in genocide, 60 million of them under Marxist USSR, then this gang of media terrorists, funded no doubt by foreign agency NGO's, desecrates the sacred building of a people who have suffered genocide.

Pussy Rot songs are about the glory of Bolshevik mass murder.

Christians were persecuted by Marxist USSR and suffered GENOCIDE.

GULAG PART 3v
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G04gEjB-bZs

GULAG PART 4v
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hA9drjCX6U

Instead of Church of Christ the Saviour, what if they poured urine on the buildings at Auschwitz, then laughed about it?

Would it have been "humanitarian" if they desecrated Auschwitz?

What if they dumped urine and feces on the buildings of Dachau? Would they then be defended by ECHR for their "human rights"? Since when is desecrating the building of a people who suffered genocide a moral act?

GULAG PART 8v
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqfV0XCySZU

GULAG PART 6v
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6Z1peXoAsA

GULAG PART 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjdn_CuGNjs

GULAG PART 1v
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lITvDn5-qF0

Attacking a monument of genocide (Church of Christ the Saviour) is not a humane act, the Christians were genocided in the USSR. What if they sang Nazi songs at Auschwitz?

65 million Russian (and Ukrainian, Belorussian, Lithuanian) Christians were genocided by the Bolshevik Marxists that Pussy Rot glorifies.

Pussy Rot should be hunted down by InterPol, arrested and sentenced to 10 years for HATE CRIMES.

What they did, sing song glorifying the genocide of the HOLODOMOR is illegal in Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania.

Once arrested by InterPol they should be extradited to Ukraine to face 10 years in prison for their Crimes Against Humanity.

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