The verdict on Pussy Riot, the band

A Russian judge just ruled that the band members of Pussy Riot were guilty of “hooliganism” after a brief protest in Moscow’s main cathedral earlier this year in which they sang, “Mother of God, put Putin out.”

The three women were sentenced to two years in jail.

The judge said the women engaged in “homosexual propaganda.” The judge also said the protest occurred at “the address of God,” and that their clothing was inappropriate for God’s house.

(Was it the face masks they wore? The judge appeared to have preferred traditional Orthodox head scarves.)

Here’s a little more on the protest. I haven’t a clue where the homosexual propaganda came from — probably somewhere near the judge’s duodenum. The Russian courts are notoriously pro-Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president.

The verdict prompted one human rights activist to say (quoted in a Wall Street Journal live blog):

 Just like the majority of politically motivated courts, this court doesn’t conform to the law, common sense, or mercy.

If you read the transcript of the blog, you’ll see the judge got pretty lathered up over the protest. We shall add him to the 24-7 All Girl Prayer and Meditation Circle, as he appears in need of some aid.

In anticipation of the verdict, musicians around the world — including Paul McCartney, legend — rallied in support. McCartney sent a letter encouraging the band t to stay strong, and pleading with the Russian government to respect freedom of speech. At a recent Moscow concert, Madonna asked for the courts to respect the band’s freedom of speech. Artists around the world publicly read from the band members’ statements (including a reading in New York City).

Here are statements from the band, translated.

And thanks, Cynical, for the link.

Here’s the protest:

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