Members of Russian Feminist Punk Band “Pussy Riot” Jailed for Desecrating Church

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by W.F. Price on March 16, 2012

After desecrating the altar of Moscow’s Church of Christ the Savior Orthodox church in an attempt to stage an impromptu protest concert, members of “Pussy Riot” were promptly seized by guards, and then later arrested for hooliganism. They remain in jail while debates continue over what punishment would be appropriate. They began a hunger strike, but after getting very hungry gave in and ate some food.

Pussy Riot is an anti-Putin opposition band in which the singers wear brightly colored balaclavas while singing punk rock music denouncing the Putin regime.

Although it may seem incredible in the West, where Christian churches can be desecrated with impunity, the majority of the Russian people are calling for the women’s heads, and it’s likely that they remain in jail as much for their own protection as anything else. Some of the group’s supporters are condemning society rather than Putin for the reaction to the ill-advised protest:

“I’m here because I’m against the hate that society is expressing against these women. I’m against those who are calling us to stone them,” said Maria Sevastyanova.

The women, who acted irresponsibly and could well have put themselves and others in danger, did deserve to be arrested for disorderly conduct and possibly incitement, but I’d argue that the punishment should not be severe so much as it should be embarrassing.

Perhaps, then, they should be sentenced to community service of some sort, such as shoveling manure in the Moscow police stables. They could even wear their brightly colored clothing and balaclavas — that would be quite a sight to behold. Might even make a nice cover for their next album.

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