Russian Female Punk Rockers Sentenced for Hooliganism
The three female members of the Russian punk rock group "Pussy Riot" were sentenced to two years in prison today following Judge Marina Syrova's 3 hour reading of the verdict, finding them guilty of "hooliganism." What is hooliganism? From the verdict: [More...]
An act of hooliganism can be understood as being driven by acts of hatred or degradation of any given social or national or religious group.
Therefore the charge of hooliganism can be sustained when a defendant has expressed open disrespect and defiance against the communally expected norms and the tastes of others.
What did they do?
The offence was performed by way of an action driven by the will of the culprits to show their disrespect of the others. It was identified that on Feb 21 2012, Tolokonnikova, Samutsevich and Alekhina unlawfully entered a sealed part of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral reserved for a religious ceremonies and hoist themselves in front of the altar which is reserved specifically for clergy members occupied the cathedral,and [started] reading prayers and other religious texts and inserted dancing and chanting which were insulting for religious believers.
As they danced they swung they hands and imitated punching unseen enemies...
(Air-punching is a crime in Russia?)
What did they do that was so terrible?
Violations of rules and policies of the cathedral was only one of the ways of expressing disrespect towards the society and religious hatred, towards a social group by the defendants.
The court find the actions by the defendants has indeed degraded and insulted an large part of citizens, in this case religious citizens and fueled hatred and hostility from them and was therefore in violation of the Russian constitution.
More Verdict: Feminism creates religious hatred
The court does find a religious hatred motive in the actions of the defendants by way of them being feminists who consider men and women to be equal.
Now gender equally is asserted, maintained by the Russian constitution where all people are proclaimed equal irrespective of their gender, race, nationality political affiliation and so on.
Any form of limiting rights of citizens based on their gender and so on are banned by the Russian constitution. Men and women have equal opportunities in Russia.
People who consider themselves feminists presently struggle for actual equality [for women]. These activities are not considered criminal in accordance with the Russian law.
At the same time, Orthodox Christianity, and Catholic Christianity and other denominations do not agree with feminism and their own values are not inline with feminists.
In a modern society relations between various nationalities and between religious denominations must be based on mutual respect and equality and idea that one political movement can be superior to another gives root to perspective hatred between various opinions.
What does Putin have to do with it? The lyrics to one of their songs, Put Putin Away, blasted the church's support of him.
Why prison? The judge said a prison sentence is necessary "to restore social justices."
Two the three women have children, and none had a prior record.
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