Pussy Riot and the Farce of Russian Justice

Jacob Laksin is a senior writer for Front Page Magazine. He is co-author, with David Horowitz, of The New Leviathan (Crown Forum, 2012), and One-Party Classroom (Crown Forum, 2009). Email him at jlaksin@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @jlaksin.


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It wasn’t a trial but a farce. Following a courtroom saga that made a mockery of Russia’s judicial system and aroused global condemnation, the three female members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in jail for the crime of protesting the government of President Vladimir Putin.

To be sure, their official transgression is “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” But there can be no doubt that this charge is little more than political cover for what is essentially an act of political retribution by the Putin government. In February, the band staged an anti-government guerrilla protest in Moscow’s main cathedral when they donned colorful balaclava masks and proceeded to belt out a “punk prayer,” which they titled “Holy Mother, Chase Putin Away!” Government prosecutors later called the song blasphemous, but it’s clear from the lyrics that the target is not religion or even the Russian Orthodox Church per se, but rather its subservience to Putin. (“The head of the KBG is their patron saint.”) The entire performance lasted less than a minute.

The band members’ ordeal is set to last far longer. In March, they were detained and jailed without so much as a hearing. For the past few weeks, they have been forced to watch on as the government staged what might be generously called a kangaroo court. While the band members’ defense attorneys were prohibited from calling witnesses to testify on their behalf, the prosecution was allowed to parade dozens of “victims” of the band’s performance, each more ludicrous than the last.

One witness testified that the women of Pussy Riot hated Russian Orthodoxy, as evidence for which she cited their use of curse words. Among the curse words she found offensive was “feminist.” Yet another alleged victim insisted that the band members were guilty of “imitating Satanic movement with their hands.” In a spectacle marked by absurdity, arguably the most surreal moment came when the prosecution called an expert witness whose sole qualification was having seen a YouTube video of Pussy Riot’s performance and read an interview with the band. It was a crude satire of justice, laughable if not for the fact of its outrageous outcome.

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  • Fabio Juliano

    These women disrupted a Christian religious service in order to garner publicity for their trashy musical act. It doesn't matter what they were protesting–fur, foie gras, global warming, or Vladimir Putin–they had no right to do it. Now they should pay the price. Too bad others of this ilk, such as Andres Serrano, are protected by an overly broad interpretation of the First Amendment.

    • http://NoahDavidSimon.blogspot.com NoahDavidSimon

      I agree Fabio. Frontpage is betraying its bias here. There is no doubt that a religious site was desecrated. As a Jew I would not want my synagogue treated this way. It's disgusting to see how feminists just can't see that these girls committed a hate crime. I'm no fan of Putin… I'm obviously not a Christian, but at least I'm objective. I'm disappointed in this editorial. I'm also disappointed in our President. If this kind of thing happened in a Muslim country there would be no public outcry from our liberals.

      • PhillipGaley

        The Orthodox Church has announced forgiveness for them.

        The larger truth is that, in the time-honored Soviet way, Putin began as a low-level clerk and is worth over 5b $, and as such, is now free to execute or toss in jail for pretended offences concerning sedition, . . .

        • Cranapple

          As far as I can tell it was the Russian judiciary that did the tossing. You may say that Putin's shadow was hanging over the process but Russian society is pretty conservative and these riotous Pussies are exactly the kind of people that we loathe here.

      • southwood

        Noah, if this had happened in a mosque these girls would have been corpes by now. But I take your point. I agree that they are using a political protest to attack religion.

      • PaulRevereNow

        Your charge, that "these girls committed a hate crime" is absolutely ridiculous. What did these women do? They intruded into a religious service, and for less than a minute, asked G-d to drive Putin away. They didn't destroy any property; nor did they engage in vandalism. They were simply protesting the Russian Orthodox church's fawning subservience to dictator Putin. Had they done that in my synagogue, I would have been rather amused; I certainly wouldn't react the way you have. Then you deny it, by stating "I'm no fan of Putin."
        Well, if you think these women committed a "hate crime," then you are a fan of Putin. This editorial is right on, and so are these women.

    • http://iamiranaware.wordpress.com/ IranAware

      So what.. Just because third world countries dish out rediculous prison terms for nothing doesn't make it right. I'm quit sure there is something in your personal music collection that someone else will find offensive, so is life.. Get over it. No sentence over 90 days was warranted, and is a sign of behavior you would expect of Muslims, not supposed civilized man. Of course when your dictator is x KGB…..

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

      Bring back laws against blasphemy, too? I've notice on a number of conservative sites there is a admiration of foreign states that crack down on anti-religious expression (forget the trespassing for the moment). Kind of Islamic, isn't it?

  • southwood

    This article ignores the fact that what Pussy Riot (the name says it all) offended religious sensibilities quite needlessly. If all they wanted to criticize the Russian Orthodox support of Putin then they could have done so in a more appropriate way but instead they attacked people's religion by their provocative words and actions. They were setting a precedent for disruption of public order. What would happen if some rock band went into a church in America and acted in a similarly offensive manner, ostensibly to make a political point ? It would not and should not be tolerated. Pussy Riot are typical of "liberal" feminists. No wonder they got Madonna's support. Hardly a recommendation. She is another who deliberately causes offense with her act.

    The article also refers to the fact that the Russian government ignores world opinion. True, but is that necessarily a bad thing ? They have been doing so with their banning of "gay pride" marches for years and Moscow has banned them for 100 years. Quite right, too. Also, it's refreshing to see a major country that doesn't toe the west's concensual line on Syria.

    • visitor

      Southwood asks, "What would happen if some rock band went into a church in America and acted in a similarly offensive manner?" The answer is that while they would certainly be removed from the church, and might even be charged with creating a public nuisance and perhaps fined a small amount or even given 30 days in county jail, there is not the slightest chance that they would be held without bail for six months and then sentenced to two years in prison after a farcical trial in which they were denied the right to present witnesses. The equivalence is entirely false.

      • southwood

        visitor, you ask about equivalence. I suggest that it is not improbable that a similar act may well take place in America and , if it did, ANY sentence at all wouldl cause a tsunami of self righteous leftist indignation. The equivalence would be that it would offend religious sensibilities and be somehow penalised. The equivalence is not false. The reaction would only be different in degree.

    • tagalog

      So the two-year prison term they got is appropriate punishment.

      OK, so what's the punishment for a federal administration and a President who insist that religious institutions, as employers, MUST pay the health insurance premiums for contraceptive devices for their employees, whether their beliefs permit such a thing or not? Is that an act "motivated by religious hatred?" Does it offend religious sensibilities?

      Which act is the most damaging to religion, the pop group acting out in a church or the President of the United States and his sycophantic lackeys issuing orders that religions do things they preach against?

      • southwood

        You tell me. I am not exonerating the President who will be held accountable to higher powers.

    • Ghostwriter

      I agree with visitor's analysis of what happened. What that group did may have been wrong but they certainly didn't deserve such a stiff sentence. A small fine or thirty days in jail and that would have been the end of it. What Putin did was so heavy handed that it was unnecessary. Why is southwood so enamored of Putin? Does he or she want something like that for this country? I hope not.

      • southwood

        How on earth have you come to the conclusion that I am "enamored of Putin". I most definiately am not. I did not say they should have been given such a heavy sentence BUT they need to be made an example of to deter other such wicked acts (and I am no fan of Russian Orthodoxy, not at all) from happening. This happened in Russia. They don't pussyfoot – unlike the wimpy Western "democracies".

      • visitor

        Putin had the kangaroo court do it in order to send a message to the opposition that dissent will be crushed with an iron fist. As a liberal, I would wish that conservatives here would see the value in upholding as a universal human right the right to dissent. Protecting civil liberties (including the right to protest, speak, march, publish, assemble, etc.) should be of concern to all Americans, regardless of party affiliation or political philosophy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lara.spurr Lara Spurr

    I agree with many of the points Pussy Riot were making, but I think it was a crass act to do it in a Church – like NoahDavidSimon I'm not a Christian either (I'm Fyrn Sidu) but would feel angry at people using our Holy sites to make a point in this way when they could have done it in a non-religious but prominent public place instead and possibly had twice the impact because they wouldn't have alienated the many devout Orthodox Russians who may have actually agreed with them too! I think they've tainted their message somewhat by this action…

  • Alex Kovnat

    Question: What do you call a bunch of Russian female rockers who like to twit the noses of Putin's establishment? Answer: A pussy riot.
    Question: What would you call a boring bunch of feminists who drone on and on about how unfair men inherently are, et cetera?
    Answer: A vagina monologue.

  • Over_the_top

    I wouldn't support them if they did what they did here and I will not support them for what they did there. I do think the Russian sentence is harsh but a lot of countries think that our death sentences are too harsh.

  • Anthony

    The “farce” is with the super tolerant media liberals when it comes to matters of anti- social anti-religious ( except for Islam) behavior.

    This group deserves two years less time served for their disgusting actions. The Russians did what any sane, self respecting society should have done, Punish them to the fullest extent.

    America is a madhouse precisely because anything goes here except defending normal society, because our nation has allowed itself to become degenerate so that it cannot even recognize perversity and sacreligiousity, even when it comes packaged by three feminist liberal creations bearing a name that is both profane and vulgar and wearing S and M masks while defiling a cathedral. Yet this author and others here have no problem even with the name chosen by these creatures, they broadcast it without question.

    No, all you intellectuals care about is relentlessly promoting any and all acts no matter how destructive, so long as it advances your childish notions of total freedom. Well total freedom is the hallmark of decline and collapse of the West today, and who would ever have thought that the Russians would be the ones who at least pretend to care about pushing back against he evil we now consider virtue.

    • SundayBrunch

      Thanks Anthony; you saved me the time and said it better anyway!

    • southwood

      When Madonna is supporting them you know they must be decadent.

    • PaulRevereNow

      No, you've got it wrong. I don't support total freedom, but WHAT did these women do? They intruded on a church service; with a legit protest, NOT against religion per se, but against the subservience of the Russian Orthodox church to the despot Putin, and his totalitarian government. They didn't go about it in the right way; that is, they tresspassed. So fine them $200 each, and make them do a week's worth of community service. End of story. But that's not what the Russian government is doing…and by the way, America is a madhouse precisely because our freedoms are being taken away from us, by an out of contol government.

      • Anthony

        “What did these women do”?

        If you can’t see it then you are thoroughly inculcated in the toxic ether that is liberalism. You are the enemy.

        • PaulRevereNow

          You've still got it wrong; there's a very important issue of separation of church and state, that you missed. Pussy Riot was protesting the fact that the Russian Orthodox church is happy being under Putin's bootheel. In a free society, church and state are separate; but nowhere in your comment do you acknowledge that. The freedom to keep church and state separate is vital to preserving a democratic republic, but your solution is to double down on repression. Therefore, it is YOU that is the enemy of freedom.

        • PaulRevereNow

          So why am I the enemy? Because I want to make the punishment fit the crime? Because I want the separation of church and state(which is what Pussy Riot was protesting)? YOU are against both of these, therefore YOU are an enemy of freedom.

        • PaulRevereNow

          Why? Because I want to make the punishment fit the crime? Because I want to keep church and state separate? It is YOU that missed these issues; thus YOU are an enemy of freedom.

  • Kafir Harby

    For once I don't agree with you. Pussy Riot is an insignificant bunch of agitators, empowerend by thugs like Soros. Question: what would have been the reaction in Western media if Pussy Riot would have performed this "show" in the biggest mosque of Moscow? Please, tell me.

  • Steve Chavez

    WHAT WORD IS NEXT TO M-A-R-X in the dictionary? The Father of Communism is next to MARY, the mother of Jesus Christ. These girls asking the Virgin Mary for help against Putin is a sign that was also given during the WAR BETWEEN JESUS AND MARX IN THE 1980'S.

    Pope John Paul from Communist Poland. Solidarity movement against Communism. Soviet leaders dying. September 1989 Protest in East Berlin in St. Mary's Church which filled the church, and eventually outside, with supporters filling the streets. Berlin Wall falls. CHRISTmas Day execution of Romanian leader. And for the finale, Gorbachev dissolves Soviet Union in a speech at 4pm Eastern time carried live ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

    In Central America, LIBERATION THEOLOGY was our Communist Party USA equating the teachings of Marx with those of Jesus. Their fronts raised money from churches here in the U.S. for WAR and the violent overthrow of El Salvador which means they were raising aid from the believers in the Son of God, in the home of the Son of God, to fund an ideology that says "THERE IS NO GOD!" Then you have Rev. Wright who mentioned in one of his sermons "Our brothers and sisters in El Salvador, "THE SAVIOR," and his BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY that Barack Obama, a fake Christian and probably a Muslim, who is dividing the country by the color of their skin and whose followers are against Christian values. This all leads to those who surround him were also 80's followers of CPUSA fronts that CAN BE TRACED TO THE SOVIET KGB AND NOW THEIR FRIENDLINESS WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN!

    Will Obama support the girls or Putin? MARX OR MARY?

    • Jim

      The Russians have lived through the Communists and their religion of atheism . Atheists can be atheists but they have no right to use churches to get attention for what ever cause they are mongering.

  • Trebuchet

    They should go to the clink for being ugly, no talent attention wh#res.

    • tagalog

      Probably, according to Russian tastes, they're great beauties.

    • Jim

      You are right. They can't get any attention unless they violate others rights.

      Let us not criticize the Russian or Putin until we clear out the nest of robber bankers that are destroying our country.

  • tagalog

    A nation that until quite recently tore down the churches or converted them into museums of atheism is a little out of line when it puts people in prison for non-violently disrupting church services on the basis that they've committed hooliganism motivated by, of all things, "religious hatred."

    But since people used to get 4 or 8 years in the gulag for hooliganism (depending on the political content of their wrongdoing) I guess we should take the two-year sentence as a step in the right direction.

    • Jim

      Try and keep up. Russia is no longer Communist.

      The hooligans would also be arrested in America for invading a church .

      • tagalog

        Yep, if they did it in the U.S., in every state that I know of they'd probably be prosecuted for some sort of harassment or disorderly conduct, get a fine, do some community service, and be done with it, never having spent a moment behind bars. No DA would be looking for two years in prison. The President of the U.S. would not be getting personally involved, either.

        I know Russia is no longer Communist; that's why I said things like, "until quiet recently," "since people USED to get 4 or 8 years…" and the like, I figured you'd get it. After all, the society still has lots of the old former Communists and old Soviets, including Putin, who know all about that, better than you and I do. Of course, it's widely reported that many, many Russians are quite open about missing the good old USSR.

        Oh wait, "It Was A Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway," right?

        What about the Orthodox Church's hierarchy being informants for the KGB? Lots of them are probably still patriarchs of the Church today.

        I'm trying to keep up, I really am.

  • Stan Lee

    Of course the Russian sentence is harsh, the Russian Orthodox Church has stated that it forgives the young women.
    The state must have its pound of flesh, this really isn't about the girls or their interruption of a service to launch their prayer.
    Putin cuts off any resistance immediately, he rules with every tool of intimidation and fear. Russians actually know no other form of life, in one form or another Russia has always had a supreme ruler, be it a Czar or a dictator. The people survive under this constant pressure, they can do nothing else.
    To comment to a Russian that their system is unfair and harsh is to have that comment answered by a Russian in two words, "It's Russia."

  • tagalog

    The Russian Orthodox Church forgives the Pussy Riot women. Thanks a lot. I guess that's the Russian Orthodox Church's way of repenting of how their hierarchy, in its entirety, to a man, cooperated as informers with the atheistic Communist government to the point of revealing confidences expressed in confession.

    Way to go, Russian Orthodox Church hierarchy. I guess it's just another step in the right direction, but backing up the state, that's the Orthodox way.

  • cynthia curran

    I heard Soros is involved with helping them and they did do trespassing.

  • pagegl

    Freedom of speech is for everyone or it is for no one.

    • Idylewylde

      Disrupting a religious service is not a freedom, or a right, it's an offense.
      Only an anarchist believes that behaving in a criminal manner is some kind of right.

      • pagegl

        I can guarantee you I am not an anarchist, but I am a very fervent believer in freedom of speech. Disrupting a religious service does not deserve two years in prison. I'm also not too sure I would feel much sympathy for a church that supports a tyrant who doesn't believe in free speech.

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    We should acknowledge the politically incorrect reality that Russia remains a backwards country on every level we have to measure such things. At the very worst, Pussy Riot's "hooliganism" would have drawn a fine if this had happened in any western democratic country. Next thing you know Putin will be issuing warrants for "tom-foolery" and "monkey shines." To my knowledge, being insulting and annoying is seldom a crime here in the US. If it were, there would be no mainstream media.

    • Idylewylde

      How quaint … disrupting a place of worship is not a crime in your mind. You call it tom-foolery, and monkey shines.
      Irrational Vulgar.

      • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

        Hey, I don't deny the irrational vulgarity of it all. I just don't think it warrants jail time any more than drawing cartoons of Mohammed does. Or tearing up a picture of the Pope on national television for that matter. Pretentious artists who choose to make lame political statements amount to so little in the grand scheme of things.

  • richado

    What if this was done in a synagogue? I think the farce is Pussy Riot. These women are nothing but attention seekers and no talents- if they were sincere they would have demonstrated outside somewhere. Methinks Jacob ignores the reality of sacrilege,desecration, blasphemy,insensitivity, etc. Christophobia? Lest we forget who the commissars were at one time….And who cares about those vacuous celebrities, addicted to their narcissism. This act by the pornographic Pussy Riot was but one end of the spectrum of acts of hateful blasphemy, the other we witnessed in a Sikh temple not too long ago….
    The so-called Punk Prayer to Mary was nothing short of pure mockery. That is obvious. Why can't Jacob see this?

    • Ron Lewenberg

      "Methinks Jacob ignores the reality of sacrilege,desecration, blasphemy,insensitivity, etc. Christophobia?"
      It isn't Christophobia, but blindness of otherwise intelligent anti-Putin people. Some people just don't understand taht medium is message, and the anti-Putin actions inherently became anti-Christian when they invaded a church.
      "Lest we forget who the commissars were at one time."
      COMMUNISTS

  • richado

    What if this was done in a synagogue? I think the farce is Pussy Riot. These women are nothing but attention seekers and no talents- if they were sincere they would have demonstrated outside somewhere. Methinks Jacob ignores the reality of sacrilege,desecration, blasphemy,insensitivity, etc. Christophobia? Lest we forget who the commissars were at one time….And who cares about those vacuous celebrities, addicted to their narcissism. This act by the pornographic Pussy Riot was but one end of the spectrum of acts of hateful blasphemy, the other we witnessed in a Sikh temple not too long ago….

  • richado

    This video reveals the true ideology of Pussy Riot and their ilk….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yddc6N8Kk4k

  • Soloview

    Jacob Laksin appears ignorant of the substance of the women's legal troubles. The charge against them was "zlostnoye khuliganstvo' (malicious hooliganism) for invading a peaceful church to tape their "Prayer", in which the group, among other things, invited Virgin Mary to become a feminist and ''s–t (on) the Lord'. Only someone who is totally clueless and saw nothing of the public debates in the Russian press and TV can believe that Putin would feel threatened by a swarm of empty-headed screaming harlots. Most Russians support their being locked up even if not necessarily the length of their sentence. The deciding element is not the vitriol against Putin (there is tons of it everywhere in the Russian social media) but an assault on public order and on the dignity of Russian Orthodox Church. People who support their punishment have an unbeatable card. Evidently Pussy Riot does not recognize civil rights for anyone but themselves ! This theme – completely lost on the Western media – predominated in the debates inside Russia.

    • Omar

      This band has been suppressed of their rights and liberties by the Stalinist Putin. On the other hand, Occupy Wall Street is a criminal organization that supports totalitarianism and the overthrow of the U.S. government and our democratic system. Most Americans oppose OWS due to its criminality and the endorsements that it received from Communists, Nazis, anarchists and other radicals and extremists. Bill Ayers plays a prominent role in the OWS criminal movement.

  • Ghostwriter

    I agree with those who say that this the sentence was unnecessary. If something like this happened in this country,the group involved would have paid a small fine and/or spent a few weeks in jail. That's not what happened here. What Putin's saying here is that he doesn't want ANY dissenters in his country. PERIOD. What he showed is that he's just another dictatorial nutcase who's going to crush ANY opposition to his rule. I don't know what world his supporters are living in but it sure ain't ours.

  • Idylewylde

    Let's get real … pulling a stunt like that in a Church, or Synagogue, to make a political statement demonstrates that these three girls have no religion, have contempt for religion, and will wipe their butts on religion just for political points .. just like the Leftist punks here in the US .. and, yes, it's the same clique.
    The only people in Russia who are organizing protests against Putin are the Commies.
    Putin may be corrupt .. but the people who pull stunts like this are the pot calling the kettle black.
    The people who defend these girls here in America are the same people who would disrupt my Church, and I will gladly stomp on them if they try it. I am not a milque-toast Christian.
    After decades of repression, the Russian Orthodox Church has had it with being treated like a public toilet.
    Putin had little choice but bow to the Russian Church on this one, or risk being exposed for being as godless as the Commies were.
    Three years will give the little Soros-bots time to think about it.

  • Angus McClure

    This article would not have been published if P-riot would have done this in a Synagogue.

  • Ageofreason

    The Russian Orthodox Church is an arm of the Russian government; it's not a church in the western sense of the word. It marches lock-step with the government. Its hierarchy consists of government yes-men. It does what the government tells it to do. It deserves no respect and has earned none. No one deserves years, or even months in prison for insulting someone or some institution. There's no free speech in Russia. Newspaper editors with an independent voice, and reporters that refused to be silenced, have been murdered by plastic man, Adolf…er…Vladimir Pewtin, and his henchmen. These young women asaulted no one, damaged nothing, threatened no one. All they did, horror of horrors, was insult a sad collection of worthless sheep, and the government that controls them. Boo hoo! A small fine, perhaps, but years in prison is a travesty.

    • southwood

      They blasphemed Jesus Christ. Therefore they deserve punishment.

      • Ageofreason

        Oh, did they blaspheme Jesus Christ? Or did they criticise weak, cowardly men who have allowed the church to become compromised and used in a manner (to support a criminal gang that calls itself a government) that is utterly contrary to the teachings of Christ. Perhaps, if they did indeed blaspheme Jesus Christ, God should be the one to punish them, and not you, and certainly not the gangsters who run Russia.

        • southwood

          They blasphemed the Lord in a vile manner and insulted Mary. They are low life feminists who hate Christianity and attacked it and offended people needlessly. So what if the Orthodox religious system is corrupt ? They were attacking religion, causing needless offence. Well done Russia, unlike the PC West with its slap on the wrists to rapists and others.

    • Idylewylde

      Ageofreason … you sound ike the House of Reason, same mentality.
      No one deserves to be punished for crapping on a house of faith? … how Progressive Liberal of you.
      Your definition of the Russian Church is equally odious .. you parrot Soros tripe.
      You people know know limits until someone gets offended by your outrages and slaps you into place.
      You give offense, and then scream like babies when you are held accountable for your offense.
      Disrupting a church during services is an assault on that faith. It prevents legitimate believers from worshipping their god in peace. It is a politically motivated intimidation because it deliberately cheapens the faith of the worshippers for political gain by a secular entity.
      This is what the Left does. It is what he House of Reason did, and still does. You are what you preach. You preach anarchy. You preach disrespect for human dignity. You applaud those who trample and offend all others in the pursuit of their own arrogance …….. how then is that reasonable? .. how then are you reasonable?

  • Ron Lewenberg

    The 5 members of Pussy Riot broke into a church, interrupted services, blasphemed all in the name of political protest. Had they done so at a Church in the US to protest opposition to gay marriage, we would all be condeming the libertines. Putin should be protested, but this is categorically not the way to do so. They undermined the very cause they claim to support. As someone who wants to see a freer Russia, I am disgusted both with the leftist activist of the 5 harlots, and the support they get here.

  • Jim

    The article smacks of liberal nonsense. Putin saved Russia from the plundering of the American banker oligarchy that brought Russia to the brink of starvation. Yes the same American Oligarchy. that destroyed our economy and threw the innocent on to the streets homeless.

    Nothing has been done about our thieves . Lets out source our government to Putin. Maybe we will get some results.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Crazy is s crazy does, of the three in the dock the ones on the left and right have that
    look in their eyes like the gals that followed Charlie Manson. I bet by now they are thinking
    what they did was not to bright. Looking on this compard to historical Russian conduct
    two years is a de minimis judgement, considering the past they would have been shot
    or sent to Siberia for 50 years at hard labor. Here in America the left falls over in a dead
    faint if a murderer is given a stiff sentence, two years is just to much even for mass murder,
    so two years for these girls here seems insane but hey, the smirks get two years as they
    tend to offend and in a way that the reward of twenty four months washing some dirty
    laundry or digging ditches causes lasting maturity…………………………….William

  • jeanjean4

    Some extra information:
    http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_display.cfm/

    I think the group is promoting cultural marxism, not freedom. They know the bloody history of SU commuism against the church and the way it began with terror and humilation, ending in murder and deportation and the destroying of churches.The backround should not be ignored.

    The "no pasaran" shirt one of them sported in court has a historical backround too.

  • Omar

    The Czar would have been a better leader than Putin. What we need to do is replace Putin with a pro-Western leader that would follow our demands and support democracy around the world. Down with Stalinism/Maoism!

  • BS77

    How long before they are booked for a 40 city tour of the US? Watch the hordes pushing forward to be upfront at their concerts.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    You think lot's of things.

    And I notice you didn't address that the loving kind Christians that owned the church forgave them.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    You are always biased, why would we expect anything different?

    The hate controls you.

  • reader

    You're too dumb even to be an atheist activist, evidently.