How the Pussy Riot trial goes

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antics at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was far from the first in the record of a maiden group. On their account participation in political and environmental actions, protection of other offenders who, according to Pussy Riot, committed a good cause in the fight against corruption, and a concert for detainees at protest actions following the elections to the State Duma on December 4, 2011. Its main difference was that girls sang right before the pre-trial detention center.

None of their activities for Pussy Riot ended in punishment. And the time they walked on the Volkhonka, too, thought they could get away with everything. However, it ended for the offenders extremely sad. At first, administrative punishment was going to be applied to them. However, given the mass discontent of Orthodox Christians and their statements about insulting all believers, the case was reclassified as a criminal article. Now hooligans face up to 7 years of imprisonment.

The punk band’s case was studied for a long 5 months, and the first hearings began on July 4, 2012. Literally after the first meeting of all who expected that girls will be released, fenced off with the news that they will remain in custody until at least mid-January 2013. And this despite the fact that a number of participants of the collective have young children.

As part of the trial, the laymen put forward their versions of what is happening. Some of them don’t understand what girls have been kept behind bars for so long. After all, their actions do not fall under particularly grave and grave articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Others believe that in this way Pussy Riot decided to punish both this and other misdeeds. But almost everyone is waiting for one – when the punk band will be forgiven by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of All Russia.

In addition, this process is marked by a number of scandals. Defenders of the group gather in front of the Tagansky court and on the days of preliminary hearings, and on July 4, and organize demonstrations and spontaneous rallies there. After each meeting, supporters of the women’s collective are transported to different department of the city of Moscow for proceedings. However, two actions in support of the collective caused shock among those around them. They both took place in St. Petersburg. During one of them, a 22-year-old girl was symbolically crucified on a cross in early July in front of the Savie-on-Blood Temple, whose head was wearing a knitted mask similar to those used by Pussy Riot. The other took place on July 23, 2012. The Kazan Cathedral was approached by a silent young man carrying a poster in support of the group. People who came closer to him could see that he had his mouth sewn with rough threads. So the protest was expressed by one of St. Petersburg artists Pyotr Pavlensky.

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