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7.29.2014

Pussy Riot Sues Russia

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot might not be in prison anymore but that doesn’t mean their fight for freedom is over. The activists, who served 21 months for performing their song “Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!” (amazing title btw) at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, are now seeking a well-deserved restitution for everything from trial and legal care to torture damages. In a not surprising but equally fucked up turn, their appeal to the Russian government was basically ignored, so now they’re suing the government via the European Court of Human Rights, saying Russia violated four of the human rights laws: prohibition of torture, the right to a fair trial, liberty, and – of course – freedom of expression.

Pavel Chikov, head of the legal rights group Agora which represents the Pussy Riot members, said, “They want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all.” Considering everything that’s happening with Russia it’s no surprise that they have to take this case to a larger power, and whether or not the trial goes their way we can only hope that they never stop rioting!

Home slide photo by Yuri Kozyrev—Noor

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