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Released Pussy Riot member offers no regrets

One year after the band Pussy Riot staged an anti-President Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow’s main cathedral that landed them in jail, a released band member said Thursday that she has no regrets.

Yekaterina Samutsevich told the Associated Press that she is glad that their punk performance made Russians more aware of the Orthodox Church’s close ties with the Russian government.

“I have no regrets about the performance,” she said in an interview outside Christ the Savior Cathedral. “Many people who did not know about the problem became aware of it: the problem in our society, in the Russian Church.” READ FULL STORY

Convicted Pussy Riot member petitions court to defer sentence

A member of feminist punk band Pussy Riot asked a Russian court on Wednesday to let her serve the rest of her two-year sentence when her 5-year-old son is a teenager, arguing that separation from her child now will do irreparable psychological damage.

Maria Alekhina is petitioning the court in Berezniki, a remote Ural mountains town near where she is imprisoned, to make the extremely rare decision to let her defer her sentence until her young son is 14.

She was convicted last year along with two other band members of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for an anti-President Vladimir Putin stunt in Russia’s main cathedral. One of the women had her sentence suspended on appeal.

Alekhina told the court on Wednesday that while she wants her sentence deferred, she refused to plead guilty.

“No one will force me to say I’m guilty — I have nothing to repent for,” she said. READ FULL STORY

Russian P.M. urges Pussy Riot members' release

Russia’s prime minister says the women in the Pussy Riot punk band serving two-year prison sentences should be set free.

Three members of the band were convicted on hooliganism charges in August for performing a “punk prayer” at Moscow’s main cathedral, in which they pleaded with the Virgin Mary for deliverance from President Vladimir Putin.

One of them, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released on appeal last month, but the other two, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, were sent to prison camps to serve their sentences.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that he detested the Pussy Riot act, but added the women have been in prison long enough and should be released. He made a similar statement before October’s appeals hearings, fueling speculation about their possible release.

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Russian court releases one Pussy Riot member, upholds sentences on two others

A Moscow appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly freed one of the jailed Pussy Riot members, but upheld the two-year prison sentence for the two others jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin.

All three women were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. They argued in court on Wednesday that their impromptu performance inside Moscow’s main cathedral in February was political in nature and not an attack on religion.

The Moscow City Court ruled that Yekaterina Samutsevich’s sentence should be suspended because she was thrown out of the cathedral by guards before she could remove her guitar from its case and take part in the performance.

“The punishment for an incomplete crime is much lighter than for a completed one,” said Samutsevich’s lawyer, Irina Khrunova. “She did not participate in the actions the court found constituted hooliganism.” READ FULL STORY

Moscow court to hear Pussy Riot appeal -- UPDATE

A Russian court is set to hear an appeal filed by three jailed members of the rock band Pussy Riot, who have been sentenced to two years for performing a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s main cathedral.

A day before Monday’s hearing, the Russian Orthodox Church said the rockers would deserve mercy if they offer repentance for their stunt. The move followed a statement by the Russian premier, who said that keeping them in prison any longer would be “unproductive.”

The calls reflected an apparent desire by both the government and the church to put an end to the case, which has caused international outrage. It remained unclear whether the women would offer penitence sought by the church and how much leniency a court may show. UPDATE: The hearing has been postponed until Oct. 10. Full details below. READ FULL STORY

Russian prime minister thinks keeping Pussy Riot in jail is 'unproductive'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday called for three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed, a sign that the women’s release could be imminent since their case comes up for appeal on Oct. 1.

The band members were arrested for performing a raucous prayer inside Moscow’s main cathedral asking Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin as he headed into the election that handed him a third term as president. They had already spent more than five months in jail when they were convicted in August of “hooliganism driven by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in prison.

By being the one to call for the women’s release, Medvedev, who has cultivated the image of a more liberal leader, could allow Putin to put the uncomfortable case behind him while not appearing weak.

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. READ FULL STORY

'Free Pussy Riot Fest' held in Russia despite government pressure

A music festival to support jailed members of the Russian band Pussy Riot went forward despite official pressure to cancel it, organizers said Monday.

Olga Kurnosova said city officials had tried to force her to stop Sunday’s show in St. Petersburg — President Vladimir Putin’s hometown — and firefighters had threatened to close down the Glavklub hall, claiming safety violations ahead of the concert.

About 1,000 people attended the “Free Pussy Riot Fest” headlined by the Russian rock protest bands DDT and Televizor, whose songs have long riled Soviet authorities and Putin’s Kremlin. READ FULL STORY

Pussy Riot appeals conviction

The Pussy Riot saga rages on.

Roughly a week after Russian women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism, a lawyer representing the trio has applied for an appeal.

The women’s imprisonment, sparked by their “punk prayer” protest of Vladimir Putin at a church altar in Moscow, seems unlikely to be overruled, defense lawyer Nikolai Polozov conceded to Reuters. “If the court abides by the law it would throw out the verdict,” he said. “But being realists, understanding all the efforts the state has put into this case, we think it’s unlikely the verdict will be overturned.”

However, Polozov has his fingers crossed for shortened or conditional sentences, though even that looks to be a pipe dream given that the Russian media and government have reacted defensively to the harsh negative criticism coming from other corners of the world. As the imprisoned Samutsevich told the Guardian, “Our verdict shows just how scared Putin’s regime is of anyone who can undermine its legitimacy,”

Since the situation looks pretty dire for them back in Russia, it might be wise for the currently unjailed, on-the-lam members of the Pussy Riot collective to keep running.


Pussy Riot release new song 'Putin Lights Up the Fires' after sentencing

Russian punk band Pussy Riot released a new song after members of the group were sentenced to two years in prison today for staging an anti-Russian President Vladimir Putin performance in February.

Feminist rockers Maria Alyokhina, 24, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22 were found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for performing the song “Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away” at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In addition to attacking the Russian president, the song also targets “the Church’s praise of rotten dictators,” according to this translation.

Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, and the Beastie Boys are just some of the artists that have voiced their support for the band.

Listen to “Putin Lights up the Fires,” edited to a montage of footage of the band and its supporters, at The Guardian.


Green Day performs for bored models in 'Oh Love' video -- VIDEO

What does a band have to do to impress a model these days? After all these years, it looks like Green Day’s still trying to figure that out.

To help jumpstart their upcoming ¡Uno!-¡Dos!-¡Tre! blitz, Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys have dropped a relaxed, tomfoolery-filled video for their album trilogy’s first single, “Oh Love.” The Samuel Bayer-directed clip shows the band performing in a rehearsal space for a small audience of boreder-than-thou pretty ladies. Only after the punk-y single starts kicking into gear do the women start acknowledging that a multi-platinum rock band is playing 10 feet away from them — but even then, they seem pretty over it.

See it all go down in the video below:


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