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Pussy Riot: Three profiles in Russian protest

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Aug. 17, 2012, 7:22 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Reuters


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MOSCOW - Three women from the Pussy Riot punk protest group who performed an anti-Kremlin "prayer" at Moscow's main Russian Orthodox cathedral in February were convicted on Friday of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and jailed for two years.

Below are brief biographical details:

"THE PHILOSOPHER"

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22. With her dark bobbed hair, big eyes and full lips, her photogenic appearance has made her the face of Pussy Riot in the Western media.

Her antics as part of high-profile street-art collective Voina (War) have made her a focus of attention in the Russian media. Many have featured pictures of her having public sex with her husband Pyotr Verzilov while she was pregnant in 2008. The event, staged with other couples at Moscow's Zoological Museum, was intended as a provocative protest against the election to the presidency of Putin's protege Dmitry Medvedev.

Tolokonnikova was in her final year of philosophy studies at the prestigious Moscow State University when she was arrested. Her daughter is now aged four.

Court officials have tried to portray her as a bad influence on the other women, asking witnesses how the others' behaviour had changed after they met Tolokonnikova.

"THE ARTIST"

Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, who studied art and is an avid reader of philosophy, kept a low profile throughout the court proceedings, breaking her silence only to give long, thoughtful responses to the judge's questions.

She graduated top of her class at Moscow's well-regarded Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia. It was during her time as a student that she met Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

Before she was arrested and jailed in March, Samutsevich lived with her father, Stanislav, who has appeared repeatedly at the courtroom proceedings. He has told lawyers that he brought her up in accordance with Russian traditions.

Samutsevich has given some of the clearest accounts as to why the Church was chosen as a target in their protest, saying: "Christ the Saviour Cathedral had become a significant symbol in the political strategy of the authorities."

She has spent time in prison reading works by Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek and French thinker Michel Foucault.

"THE WRITER"

Maria Alyokhina, 24, a fourth-year student at the Institute of Journalism and Creative Writing in Moscow, has a background in humanitarian volunteering and environmental activism with Greenpeace Russia. Her five-year-old son has been looked after by relatives during her time in pre-trial detention.

Alyokhina was often vocal during the women's trial, at times arguing with the judge and cross-examining witnesses.

She has said she considers herself a Christian, but has criticised the Orthodox Church for its harsh response to the protest in the cathedral: "I thought the Church loved all its children," she said. "But it seems the Church loves only those children who believe in Putin."

Her mother has been quoted saying she brings Alyokhina, a vegetarian, fruit and nuts to keep her going in jail.

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AL BALA Aug. 17, 2012, 8:47 p.m.    

"I thought the Church loved all its children," she said. "But it seems the Church loves only those children who believe in Putin."

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Byron Hill Aug. 18, 2012, 9:12 a.m.    

When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to continue in the teaching work, the pharisees determined that he was an activist a heretic and was committing acts of sedition. Hand in hand with the reigning government, the religious leaders of the time encouraged the Romans to arrest and execute the son of God. Both the government and the "church" viewed Jesus as disruptive to their agenda. Today the "church" and the government view activism just as the Romans and Pharisees did. Nothing will come between Putin's russification of the CIS and nothing will separate the orthodox church from their 30 pieces of silver.

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kpxoxol Aug. 18, 2012, 10:27 p.m.    

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova become "famous" by pictures of her having public sex with her husband Pyotr Verzilov while she was pregnant in 2008 in a zoo.

What a "concerned mother" she is, heh, heh, heh :D

And this disgusting US-financed hooligan got reduced sentence because she is "concerned young mother". What a joke.

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Jenn Smith Aug. 21, 2012, 1:32 p.m.    

PUSSY ROT, spoiled NGO funded rich kids who are insensitive to the suffering of White Christians.

Desecrating a building, the Moscow church, which stands as a memorial to the genocide of 62 million Russian Christians during Communism, Marxism, is tantamount to desecrating any building representing the survivors of genocide.

Committing violence against that Moscow church was the same as if they had committed violence at Auschwtiz or Dachau buildings as some people have been saying.

They, Pussy Rot, committed the Human Rights violation. They should be serving 10 years in prison for their inhumanity.

They attacked Christians in Russia, a people who have suffered the worst genocide in human history. There is no genocide that compares to Lenin's Marxist USSR murder of 60 million Russian and Ukrainian Christians.

Some education is warranted:

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

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

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

GULAG PART 9 1v
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d35s179KwEo

After you watch these GULAG videos, then come and tell me here, that the "victims" were the insensitive criminals who desecrated the place of the survivors of GENOCIDE.

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Jenn Smith Aug. 21, 2012, 1:34 p.m.    

The de-gendered Apparatchicks of the New Global World Order.

The safe-haven of neutered, sexless,, slaves of the Neo-Marxist Global slave wage empire.

Yet they are far too young to realize it yet, how they have been used.

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Jenn Smith Aug. 21, 2012, 1:39 p.m.    

In short, what is a Pussy Rot soundbite?

Pussy Rot are the de-gendered eunuch Apparatchicks of the Neo Marxist Global Slave Wage Order.

The Lesbian eunuchs of the NWO. And here they thought their role in history was nouveau.

That is how history will finally record them. PUSSY ROT.

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