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Pussy Riot finalists for EU rights prize

2012-10-09 20:27

Brussels - The European Parliament has included the Russian punk band Pussy Riot among its finalists for the European Union's annual Sakharov human rights prize.

Three members of the Pussy Riot band have been given a two-year prison sentence for hooliganism after they performed a "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's main cathedral. The sentence provoked an international outcry that has embarrassed the government of President Vladimir Putin.

The other finalists are the imprisoned Belarusian human rights defender, Ales Belyatsky, and a pair of Iranians, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and movie director Jafar Panahi.

The winner of the EU's main human rights prize, named for the late Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, will be announced 12 December in Strasbourg, France.

Comments
  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-09 20:47

    I have lost all respect for the EU they have completely lost their minds!How can a fornicating sensationalist seeking bunch of sl*ts get any acclaim for their insensitive debacle.I believe that the EU lives in fear of Russia its big brother that lives next door and they will use any means whatsoever to bring disrepute against an elected Russian government!

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-09 21:07

      Hey man dig a bit deeper into the story of "The War" rock band.. A lot of interesting stuff about one of those so called finalists miss Tolokonnikova. If for whatever reason the EU defends a potential murderer, rapist and proven squealer they can go to hell with their principles of justice and democracy.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-10-10 07:35

      "...fornicating sensationalist seeking bunch of sl*ts" .. and you talk about respect...? Do you even know what this is/was about?

      sauvignon.blanc.31 - 2012-10-10 13:12

      wow dunkie - you are incredibly dumb

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-10 10:46

    This Putin clown really put his foot into it , this time!!!!!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-10 14:12

      you put your foot into it every time..numbnut!

  • kelly.dini - 2012-10-10 12:35

    Just curious, if they win the prize will they let them go?

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