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2 Pussy Riot members flee Russia

2012-08-26 17:40

Moscow - Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have fled Russia to avoid prosecution for a protest against Vladimir Putin that sent three of their band mates to prison, the group said on Sunday.

Five members of the feminist group took part in a provocative performance inside Moscow's main cathedral in February to protest the Russian leader's rule and his cozy relationship with the Orthodox Church. The women wore their trademark garishly coloured balaclavas, which made it difficult for police to identify them, and only three were arrested.

After a controversial trial that highlighted Putin's crackdown on dissent since he began a third presidential term in May, the three band members were convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison on 17 August. Days later, Moscow police said they were searching for the other band members, an apparent warning to the group to stop its anti-Putin protests.

Even as the judge was reading the verdict in a Moscow courtroom, one of the band members who had escaped arrest played Pussy Riot's latest song, Putin sets the fires of revolutions, from the balcony of an apartment building across the street.

Pussy Riot tweeted on Sunday that the two activists had fled Russia and are "recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new protest actions." No mention was made of where they went.

At least 12 other members of the group remain in Russia, another message on Twitter said.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-26 17:59

    How insecure can you be, to be scared of few members of a punk band!! What an ar.ehole this Putin turns out to be !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 00:30

      Vox is a simple thinker. He supports "the law" even when "the law" is oppressive, designed to keep ex-KGB officers in power and avoid free and fair elections.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-27 11:17

      Russia was shattered by the kleptocrats under the drunken Yeltsin. Putin, whatever his many genuine faults, has dragged Russia forward to functioning. He may be stalled, he may need to be replaced with new ideas for more progress, but the distance between Yeltsin and Putin is forward, not backwards.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-26 18:11

    Have a nice trip! Country will be much better of without these (w)itches.

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-08-26 21:55

      and how on earth would you know that sitting here in the southern part of the African continent? looks like a rather useless statement to me.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-26 23:59

      @pieriewaaier.zooms First of all i should apologize to my husband for being so hectic and forgetting to log out of his acc and second i surely know what is happening in Russia doesnt matter i am sitting here in the southern part of African continent. Third your statement looks absolutely useless to me as you seem to be the BEEEEGGEST expert on russian affairs.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 00:28

      Unfortunately Diana supports the most oppressive regimes imaginable, sadly the ones that exercise the most extreme forms of violence against her own gender.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-26 18:27

    Good for them! Putin is going to make Stalin look like a nice guy. He is a dangerous dictator.

      sansagain.sansagain - 2012-08-26 19:56

      sure and he is going to nuke you too

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 00:28

      Sansagain is a disturbed individual who likes the idea of nuclear violence.

  • marc.rule - 2012-08-26 19:30

    Send them my way...... :)

  • rory.short1 - 2012-08-26 19:51

    Gooood for them. Dictatorial leaders are like the British woman who can only eat potato chips nothing else. Such people are very selective in the information that they will allow other members of their society to consume. The consequence of such an attitude is disastrous for the general health of their societies as information is the life blood of any human society and if you constrict the flow in anyway it is equivalent to social strangulation.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-27 00:54

      rory.short1 what have you against British women that only eat potato chips..are you serious!What type of comparison is that to dictators did one of them spurn your advances on some drunken night in a British pub???You must try and limit your booze intake or maybe you can only charf a girl in a drunken state?or maybe you are like many other men who travel to foreign countries and think that foreign girls are easy to get into bed..either way you will have to wait your turn while she finishes with the frozen chicken!

  • dan8472 - 2012-08-26 23:42

    I would love to go to a Pussy Riot show...

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-27 00:44

    It amazes me how blind the Western world is to the true state of Russian society today,as unwelcome as my observations are and I am sure many will say he is blinded by the fact of being married to a Russian Ukrainian women,so be it1But friends the truth is the truth no matter how you wish to understand it...Russian society is today trying to maintain its values and has recently had its entire system of civil understanding overturned! So please excuse its reaction to a bunch of sensation seeking degenerates who fly in the face of all common sense by their immoral use of the freedom of expression that the whole world is so keen on supporting in this the 21st century!Lets be frank and be honest would any suburb of South Africa be happy if a bunch of self proclaimed punk rockers illegally entered your church Synagogue or Mosque and did what they did in Russia's most highest cathedral...come ooooon be honest you would not like it... so be fair and understand the disgust that people in Russia have felt in this the latest attempt to undermine the sense of decency that modern Russians try to bring into their lives!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 00:54

      "Russian society has had its entire system of civil understanding overturned". That system was one of the most oppressive ever devised by humans. Moreover, Vladimir Putin is a neo-Soviet ex-KGB officer who slants elections in his favor, imprisons political opponents, and arms unelected dictators who use their country's military to kill, detain, torture and rape tens of thousands of people who basic human rights and freedoms. None of this is acceptable, especially in 2012. You are blinding yourself.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 00:56

      "Russian society has had its entire system of civil understanding overturned". That system was one of the most oppressive ever devised by humans. Moreover, Vladimir Putin is a neo-Soviet ex-KGB officer who slants elections in his favor, imprisons political opponents, and arms unelected dictators who use their country's military to kill, detain, torture and rape tens of thousands of people who want basic human rights and freedoms. None of this is acceptable, especially in 2012. You are blinding yourself.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 00:59

      The imprisonment of women demonstrating in a church for three years, however gross they were being, is unacceptable too. It underlines the alliance between this church and Putin's old-world regime. Much like the alliance between the Apartheid regime and the Dutch Reformed Church.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 01:00

      The imprisonment for three years of women demonstrating in a church, however gross they were being, is unacceptable too. It underlines the alliance between this church and Putin's old-world regime. Much like the alliance between the Apartheid regime and the Dutch Reformed Church. No truly democratic country would do this.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-27 01:06

      you are exstremly well informed or maybe you think you are..ok lets educate you ..Vladimir Putin is a patriot who has brought his country from the brink of disaster to something approaching a leading success story of which few countries can boast,further he is not such a bad chess player to arm Syria while this country is tearing itself apart!As far as the Soviet system being the most oppressive system the world has ever known no one argues this fact but you must begin to give credit to a people who engineered their own freedom and overturned such oppression..perhaps they are the same people who today only wish for world recognition for the sacrifice they made defeating 75% of Nazi Germany's might..in case you did not know between 25 and 30 million Russians died during a three year period defeating one of the most powerful and determined military machines the world had seen up to that time...that's 750000 people per month that's 25000 people a day or if my maths serves me correctly approximate 1000 people an hour for three years non stop...!You my friend must learn to respect history or maybe you only entertain the history that you were taught because of the cold war..grow up my friend you are an idiot of immense proportions!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-27 01:17

      Fred please give us your proof before you make a fool of yourself further or maybe its too late you already have ok I understand you get your facts from the same media circus that serves as its has serves western spin for the last 67 years..you are the worst evil my friend cause the greatest folly of mankind is to be ignorant due to an inability to find out both sides of a story..how do you live with yourself can I suggest a great psychiatrist..Dr Janov his ground breaking "Primal Therapy"revolutionized modern approach to the mental problems of many people today briefly that childhood anger due to not being loved enough by the parents causes deep seated anger that is so painful to endure that it leads to suppression of the normal human condition to such an extent that it is responsible for all curable mental conditions that afflict mankind in the modern world!Or maybe send me your e-mail address and I will send you a subscription to his newsletter,its up to you to make the change to a happier and more complete you!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-27 01:28

      fred you must try to get your head around what these women did..to a society that is recently finding a new way in a modern world..like a child that was kept in a very conservative children's home with no contact with the outside world and now finds itself wandering freely through a red light district like the one in Amsterdam or New York..try real hard and maybe you will find it in your soul to really understand how other people try to deal with a world that is obsessed with freedom and free expression to such an extent that everything is ok it doesn't matter how much you hurt and stand on other people's feelings and beliefs as long as you express yourself with no measure or control!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-27 05:02

      Dankie, That is a lot of words for a lot of BS. This is an article about some members of a punk band, and , who dared to make fun/embarrass the leader of s 'super power' This punk courtcase has made Russia the laughing stock in the world. This macho Putin getting scared of some punks........!!!!!! What other European leaders have to go through, with 'embarrassments' and poking fun at, is a 'little more' than some punks!!! This Putin is not a 'man', and if he can't take the heat, maybe he should quite politics and become a judo teacher. What Russia and Africa concerns, the following; Russia are the biggest racists in the world, you don't believe me, go and ask African students studying at Russian universities. Most Africans living in Moscow, or Africans visiting Moscow have been racially abused. And the following; Russia has not invested one roebel in Africa. Has never created one job in Africa. Has never provided one plate of food for a hungry African child. Has never provided medicines for even ONE aids or malaria sufferer. RUSSIA IS TOTALLY USELESS FOR AFRICA. They have only been 'good' in SELLING arms to Africa. Let them take their stupid BRICs, and f off out of African politics!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 06:59

      To you Dunkie, in arming the unelected dictator of Syria, who the overwhelming majority of the world has decided is illegitimate and must step down, the neo-Soviet ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin is "a great chess player". Firstly, to view the Syrian tragedy as a game of chess is shockingly inhumane and heartless. It's hard to believe you've written those words. What are you thinking. Do you have feelings? Beyond that, Putin's "move" as you view it has to be one of the dumbest moves any chess player has ever made. He's going against the will of the vast majority of human beings on Earth. Such is his arrogance. He and the Russian people, who he purports to lead, are going to be shown the door when Assad is removed from power. It's deeply disappointing that you believe a leader who slants elections in his favor, imprisons his political opponents, and arms unelected dictators killing, detaining, torturing and raping tens of thousands of people who just want to vote in free and fair elections is a patriot. Is that how little you think of Russia and the Russian people?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 07:10

      I know Janov's Primal Therapy quite well. It is well-meaning, somewhat effective in expressing raw emotional energies, but has been surpassed by far better emotional-release and personal growth modalities.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-08-27 09:23

      fred and Anthony..guys guys guys...please try and find another forum for your inane utterances..you two should get together in some quiet cosy corner and have a nice pity party...let me explain something to you both..Russia does not have any colonial ambitions but has invested in Africa it just doesn't invest imperially but enters into joint partnerships with local role players!Can get you the proof of what I say but you can research the Russian Department of Trade and Industry to get the facts...!You guys are also seemingly unaware of the tide of racialism sweeping a broke Europe at this time which promises to get even worse before it gets better!See the German police's latest raid on neo nazi organizations just this last week.Yes Russia does have raciest movements who attack dark skinned people in Moscow and St Petersburg but this is a documented fact that it is caused by ex Chechnya conscripts who were traumatized by their experiences in the Chechnya war onwards from 1993 until its conclusion in about 2003 if my memory serves me well.Gentlemen please check out your facts before you spout your stupid and inaccurate whingeing on this forum you are bringing a great social forum down in quality and contribute absolutely nothing of worth.Have a better day than you are possibly used to!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 16:18

      Yes, with freedom comes responsibility, and some, many lack this. But it is not up to an election-slanting, neo-Soviet ex-KGB officer to decide where that line should be drawn. He is one of the last people who should have meaningful influence in that debate. He's arming an unelected dictator who is slaughtering tens of thousands of people who just want to vote, for heaven's sake. Is that the kind of person you want to set principles in your society?

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-08-27 16:31

      Duncs now you clearly can see what kind of programmed bot you are talking to. I honestly dont think its any worthy to waste your time on this face-off calling himself/itself fred whatever. Stop casting pearls before swine.

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