Pussy Riot Found Guilty, Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Corban Goble | August 17, 2012 - 9:09 am

Pussy Riot, the Russian punk group that’s been detained since March on charges of “”hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” have been found guilty today in court today. Now, they await sentencing; the verdict is still being read (The Guardian is live-blogging the proceedings and Reuters is streaming it). The charges stem from an anti-Putin “punk prayer” performed at Moscow’s Christ The Savior Cathedral. We’ll update as the sentence comes in — apparently, the reading of the verdict can take quite a while in Russia. In the meantime, read defendant Yekaterina Samutsevich’s moving closing statement here. Legions of musicians and activists across the globe have voiced passionate support for the group.

UPDATE: The verdict has been read and the three members of Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in prison. Via The Guardian:

The judge has said they are sane and should be punished in accordance with the law.

She has listed attenuating circumstances including children (of two defendants), a lack of previous crime and positive character profiles.

The court concludes that it is not possible to change the charges and make them less grave, “there are no exclusive circumstances to do that”.

And at the same time the motives of the crime and the attitude, the court deems that to restore social justices if they serve a real jail sentence.

And… they will serve jail sentence in prison, the judge has said.

Shouts of “Shame!” were immediately heard in the courtroom.

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