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Moscow court to hear Pussy Riot appeal

2012-10-01 08:29

Moscow - A Russian court is set to hear an appeal filed by three jailed members of the rock band Pussy Riot, who have been sentenced to two years for performing a "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's main cathedral.

A day before Monday's hearing, the Russian Orthodox Church said the rockers would deserve mercy if they offer repentance for their stunt.

The move followed a statement by the Russian premier, who said that keeping them in prison any longer would be "unproductive".

The calls reflected an apparent desire by both the government and the church to put an end to the case, which has caused international outrage.

It remained unclear whether the women would offer penitence sought by the church and how much leniency a court may show.

Comments
  • JManAtheoi - 2012-10-01 09:02

    These girls are heroes! ..."Church said the rockers would deserve mercy if they offer repentance..." - oh please...you put them jail for nothing, and everyone saw your true colors, and now you quickly want to be the 'good guy'... The Church should be the ones offering repentance.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-01 09:40

    Jail those heroes for life. Preferably in some food supermarket with plenty of frozen meat or in the State museum of biology so they can perform as many protests as they want.

  • marc.hugo.75 - 2012-10-01 11:41

    They should be awarded "Hero of the Russian Federation" with the apologies of the government. Putin should resign in shame and Medvedev should take over as President, setting a new date for free elections. Lets have some real freedom in the RF an away with the old KGB/NKVD guard.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-01 16:42

      What are you still doing at you computer? You should send your CV off to Russian government and apply for a job with them!... Bloody experts... Have you ever been to Russia?

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