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Academy of the Arts joins Pussy Riot protest

The Local · 3 Aug 2012, 08:02

Published: 03 Aug 2012 08:02 GMT+02:00

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Academy President Klaus Staeck said on Thursday that what he called the overreaction of the Russian state and the Orthodox Church had placed them "outside the standards of European cultural traditions."

Three members of the feminist punk rock collective were arrested in March on charges of hooliganism following a February performance at a Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow that included a song appealing to the Virgin Mary to "chase Putin out."

They face up to seven years imprisonment, which Staeck said was disproportionate.

Germany's Human Rights Commissioner Markus Löning has called for the women's release, and Amnesty International has declared the band members 'prisoners of conscience' due to the severity of the Russian state's response.

British musicians including The Who's Pete Townshend, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker und Neil Tennant from The Pet Shop Boys wrote an open letter to The Times newspaper on Thursday, calling on Russia to free the band members.

The letter said that "dissent is a right in any democracy," and was published as Russian President Vladimir Putin visited London to meet the British Prime Minister David Cameron and watch a judo competition.

German supporters have held benefit concerts in Berlin and Hamburg recently raising some €2,000 for the band's defence.

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12:13 August 3, 2012 by wenddiver
If there has to be a disturbance, I guess the best type would be a Pussy Riot. On act of terrorism is worse than a thousand Pussy Riots and that's how the authoritiies should view it. I'm sure God would understand, h made dumb young people too.
18:35 August 3, 2012 by IchBinKönig
God, I love these girls. and a few of them are hot as hell!
21:21 August 3, 2012 by karldehm
There is no counting for bad taste especially their name.
17:15 August 10, 2012 by danceswithgoats
Protests of this type play right into Putin's hands. Profaning a church makes the average Russian appreciate the actions of the government in trying them. Better they have a group of old women protesting in the street get beaten and arrested. That would turn public opinion against Putin. The weak must make the government overreact and show their true nature.
13:32 August 15, 2012 by Wilfre73d
I say keep them all locked up for a good amount of time. People like to talk about human rights and what not. There is no need for riots. It is as simple as: break the law>>> go to jail. Period.
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