Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.
The penal colony administration refuses to hear me. But I, in turn, refuse to back down from my demands. I will not remain silent, resigned to watch as my fellow prisoners collapse under the strain of slavery-like conditions. I demand that the colony administration respect human rights; I demand that the Mordovia camp function in accordance with the law. I demand that we be treated like human beings, not slaves. (more…)
The Moscow City Court has affirmed the arrest extension until June 24 of alleged Pussy Riot punk gang member Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevich, who have been charged with public disorder in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
The court ruled against their request to be released. The 3 women participated in the hearing via video conference from a pretrial detention center, although she earlier asked to be brought to the court. The suspected Pussy Riot members are now under detention. Investigators charged the women with hooliganism. They may receive up to seven years in prison.
The Letter written by N. Tolokonniokova in which she outlines the problematics of Gender Equality and other fundamental freedoms in frames of ethical consensus monopolized by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian State, absent the plurality of the people of Russia and incarceration of Pussy Riot, as its main actors.
“The non-inoculated perspectivist understanding of truth, the notion of its dependence on the chosen frame of reference as well as on the language in which this truth is established and formulated lends itself toward such characteristic perceptions as sexism, ageism, xenophobia, and the lack of respect for non-classical practices and non-standard values as well as for the stylistic peculiarities of the lives of certain groups in society. Those who judge the activists of the punk-group Pussy Riot (P.R.) assess their activity from the height of a non-critical understanding of truth whereby they assume that there exists only one truth and that only they who are bringing judgment to bear have the right to establish this truth. I call such truth patriarchal, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, traditionalist, and fundamentalist. By rejecting all other perspectives and ways of thinking, those who side with the fundamentalist theory of a single truth move the ethical, legal, and other social norms, as well as the permissible limits of deviation from the normative models of behavior into the ranks of customs and traditions, i.e. things that are nonpolitical, that do not depend on the results of social discussion. Thus the ideal pluralistic model for social order, which assumed constant political competition between different systems of norms, as well as the constant contention between alternative views of the world, influencing the decision making process on national and other levels, as created by the difficult 20th century is hereby repudiated. Instead of competitive pluralism what we have is the consecutive naturalization of one of the possible pictures of the world. It is that picture to which adhere members of past and present law enforcement agencies, which make up the current political elite of Russia. This elite includes the Holy Patriarch Kirill. (more…)
Police have opened a criminal probe into the performance of a protest song by notorious female group Pussy Riot at the altar of Moscow’s largest cathedral, the police said on its website on Sunday.
“A criminal case has been opened against the girls who shouted insults at believers and churchmen at the Christ the Savior Cathedral,” the website said.
On Tuesday, four members of Pussy Riot, clad in bright balaclavas, performed an acapella version of what they said was a “punk prayer” entitled “Holy Sh*t.” The lyrics included lines such as “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin, chase Putin out!”
The punk protest at the Christ the Savior Cathedral came with less than a week to go before presidential elections in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will seek to return to the Kremlin for a third term. Although Putin is widely expected to triumph at the March 4 polls, his bid comes amid the largest show of dissent since he first came to power in 2000.
The group was briefly detained after their performance, which took place in the presence of several worshippers. And on Wednesday, the rector of an Orthodox school in Moscow asked state prosecutors to bring charges of inciting religious hatred against the group. The charge carries a maximum jail term of three years.
Pussy Riot first hit the headlines in January, when they raced through a musical diatribe against Putin on a snowy Red Square, calling for “Revolt in Russia!” and chanting “Putin’s got scared” before being detained by police.
Moscow police have detained two more members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot as part of a criminal probe launched after the group stormed the altar of Moscow’s largest cathedral and performed a protest song, a police spokesperson said on Sunday.
Last week, five women from the band, clad in bright balaclavas, performed an acapella version of what they said was a “punk prayer” entitled “Holy Sh*t.” The lyrics included lines such as “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin, chase Putin out!”
The punk protest at the Christ the Savior Cathedral came less than a week before Sunday’s presidential elections, in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is seeking the Kremlin post for a third term.
The activists escaped after the performance. However, police opened a criminal case against them, saying they had “shouted insults at believers and churchmen at the Christ the Savior Cathedral.”
As part of the probe, three women and a man were detained on Saturday and another two women were detained on Sunday. They may face up to seven years in prison on charges of hooliganism.
“They are suspected of…gross violation of public order and religious hatred,” police said.
Pussy Riot first hit the headlines in January, when they raced through a musical protest against Putin on Red Square, calling for “Revolt in Russia!” and chanting “Putin’s scared” before being detained by police.
Pussy Riot in ENGLISH:
– Guardian: “Feminist punk band Pussy Riot take revolt to the Kremlin” – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/02/pussy-riot-protest-russia
– BBC: “Russian election sees musical battleground” – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17187572
– St. Petersburg Times: “FEMALE FURY. The latest sensation on the Russian underground music scene talks about its songs” – http://sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=35092
– NPR: “In Russia, Punk-Rock Riot Girls Rage Against Putin” – http://www.npr.org/2012/02/08/146581790/in-russia-punk-rock-riot-girls-rage-against-putin
– Guardian: “Pussy Riot’s Kremlin protest owes much to riot grrrl’ – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/03/pussy-riot-kremlin-protest-riot-grrrl
Aleksandr Kolchenko Under investigation and in prison. Address: Kolchenko Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, Lefortovskiy val, 5, p/b 201, 111020 Moscow, RUSSIA
Alexey Gaskarov Alexei is in prison. He was sentenced to 3 years and 6 month in the prison settlement. Address: Alexey Vladimirovich Gaskarov, FKU SIZO-1 UFSIN Rossii po g. Moskve, ul. Matrosskaya tishina, d. 18, 107076 Moscow Russia (Birthday 18th of June 1985)
Alexandra Dukhanina 3,3 years (probation)
Igor Kharchenko Igor is in the prison, but he does not want to receive the letters from strangers
Alexey Polikhovich Alexey is in prison. Address: 390506, Rjazanskaja obl., Rjazanskij r-n, p. Sten’kino. FKU IK-6 UFSIN, Polihovichu Alekseju Alekseevichu, 1990 g.r. Russia (Birthday 29th of August)
Ilya Romanov Under investigation and in prison. Address: Ilya Eduardovich Romanov, 1967 g.r., FKU SIZO-1, ul. Gagarina, d.26-a, 603098, Nizhnii Novrogod, Russia
Alexey Sutuga Alexei is in prison. He was sentenced to 3 years and 1 month in the prison settlement. Address: Alexey Vladimirovich Sutuga, 1986 g.r., FKU SIZO-2 UFSIN Rossii po g. Moskve, ul. Novoslodskaya d. 45 127055 Moscow Russia
Stepan Zimin Stepan is in prison. Address: 301654, Tul’skaja oblast’, g. Novomoskovsk, ul. Central’naja, 27, IK-6 UFSIN, Russia, Ziminu Stepanu Jur’evichu 1992 g.r. (Birthday 18th of January)
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