Daniel Zimnikov: Madonna called Pussy Riot verdict “inhuman”

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American singer Madonna released a statement on its official website about the conviction to three members of the band Pussy Riot. Singer called the judge’s decision “too cruel” and “inhuman”.

“I protest against the conviction and sentence Pussy Riot, for which they were sentenced to two years of the colony for 40-second statement, in which they expressed their political views. Even if someone may raise issues of performance venue or a form of self-expression , the sentence is too harsh and, in fact, inhuman “- quoted by” Interfax “singer.

Madonna urged “all those who cherish freedom, condemn this unjust sentence.” “I appeal to artists all over the world to speak out against this travesty of justice. They spent enough time in jail.”

On Friday, the court sentenced Khamovnichesky Tolokonnikova Hope, Mary and Catherine Alekhine Samutsevich to two years in a penal colony. Lawyers promised to appeal the verdict.

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Daniel Zimnikov: Kasparov faces jail over protest ‘bite’

Kasparov (FORMER world chess champion – Daniel Zimnikov) could face up to five years in jail for allegedly biting a police officer during a protest against the Pussy Riot verdict.

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Garry Kasparov FORMER world chess champion

Police say he bit the officer on the hand when he was arrested outside a Moscow court on Friday.

Kasparov has denied the allegation.

Interfax news agency reported on Saturday that he could face up to five years in jail.

Kasparov was among about 100 Pussy Riot supporters who were arrested. Apart from one woman, all have been released.

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Ekaterina Samuzevich were convicted of hooliganism and incitement to religious hatred and sentenced to two years in prison.

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Daniel Zimnikov: Russian female punk band Pussy Riot gets 2 years for hooliganism over Putin protest at church site

All of us are Pussy Riot

All of us are Pussy Riot

Translated by Daniel Zimnikov: All of us are Pussy Riot!

A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia’s intolerance of dissent.

The trial sparked a wave of protests around the world in support of the feminist rockers, who have been dubbed prisoners of conscience by international rights group. Hundreds of Pussy Riot supporters chanted “Russia without Putin!” amid a heavy police presence outside the courtroom, and several opposition leaders were detained.

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Daniel Zimnikov: Pussy Riot found guilty for stunt against Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian judge found three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in one of the most closely watched cases in recent Russian history.

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Pussy Riot

The judge said the three band members committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers.

The three were arrested in March after a guerrilla performance in Moscow’s main cathedral calling for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia against Vladimir Putin, who was elected to a new term as Russia’s president a few days later.

They face a maximum seven years in prison. The sentence is to be handed down later Friday.

The case has attracted international attention as an emblem of Russia’s intolerance of dissent. It also underlines the vast influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. Although church and state are formally separate, the church identifies itself as the heart of Russian national identity and critics say its strength effectively makes it a quasi-state entity.

Protests timed to just before the verdict or soon afterward were planned in more than three dozen cities worldwide.

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Pussy Riot Awaits Verdict

Prosecutors have asked for three-year sentences, down from the possible seven-year maximum and Putin himself has said he hopes the sentencing is not “too severe.”

Celebrities including Paul McCartney, Madonna and Bjork have called for them to be freed, and protests are planned around the world Friday.

Before Friday’s proceedings began, defense lawyer Nikolai Polozov said the women “hope for an acquittal but they are ready to continue to fight.”

There was a heavy police presence around the court building in central Moscow, where hundreds of protesters and band supporters were gathering.

Even if the women are sentenced only to time already served, the case has already strongly clouded Russia’s esteem overseas and stoked the resentment of opposition partisans who have turned out in a series of massive rallies since last winter.

The case comes in the wake of several recently passed laws cracking down on opposition, including one that raised the fine for taking part in an unauthorized demonstrations by 150 times to 300,000 rubles (about $9,000).

Another measure requires non-government organizations that both engage in vaguely defined political activity and receive funding from abroad to register as “foreign agents.”

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Daniel Zimnikov: Paul McCartney Pledges Support for Jailed Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

The Beatles icon urges Russia to free the all-female trio who face prison time for speaking out against the government.

Paul McCartney is pledging support for Pussy Riot, the Russian all-girl punk trio facing up to seven years in prison for “hooliganism.”

The legendary singer-songwriter joins such artists as Madonna and Bjork in urging Russia to free the rockers — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 — who were arrested last March for performing an anti-government “punk prayer” inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. The women have been jailed since on charges of “hooliganism,” and a verdict in their case will be announced Friday.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

“I’m writing to show my support for you at this difficult time,” McCartney wrote in a letter posted on Twitter Thursday morning. “I would like you to know that I very much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest. Many people in the civilized world are allowed to voice their opinions and as long as they do not hurt anyone in doing so I believe this is the best way forward for all societies.”

He continued: “I hope you can stay strong and believe that I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom.”

McCartney recently performed at the London Olympics opening ceremony, earning $1.57 for his services.

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Daniel Zimnikov: At the Russian Embassy in Helsinki half-naked women staged a rally in defense of the Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

In Helsinki, the regular action in support of the participating Pussy Riot, who on Friday may be sentenced to three years in prison for a performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Three women, whose identity has not been determined, undressed in front of Russian Embassy in Helsinki, and demanded the release of the defendants.

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

The action took place on Wednesday morning. Young women with covered faces balaclava, but with bare breasts stood in the gate of the building of the Russian diplomatic mission and stretched cloth banner that contains the call: “Free Pussy Riot”. The same phrase was written on the bodies of the participants, according to Nelonen.

First, women are just standing on the sidewalk, posing for photographers, then held hands and began to reel. Later, they lined up in a row in front of the opened gates of the Embassy, ​​not allowing the drive to the territory of the black car.

“We are artists, representatives of the creative class, women and mothers. We do this in the name of freedom of speech” – said the activist.

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

The action lasted about 20 minutes and ended with the arrival of the police.

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Daniel Zimnikov: MMA champ (Mirzaev) homicide trial: witnesses expose two sides to the story



For the past six days, the trial of Mixed Martial Arts lightweight champion Rasul “Black Tiger” Mirzaev has been underway in Moscow. Mirzaev stands accused of having negligently caused the death of 19-year-old student Ivan Agafonov after inflicting grave injuries in a street brawl near Moscow’s Garazh night club on August 13, 2011.

Proceedings on Monday featured witnesses for both the defense and prosecution, recounting two different sides to the story. Artyom Grigorian, a friend of Mirzaev’s who was with him at the club that night, testified for the defense. Alexander Fadin, a friend of the deceased Agafonov’s, testified for the prosecution.

Defense witness’ account

Artyom Grigorian told the court that he first noticed Agafonov well before the fight because the latter was acting raucous. Around 3am, Grigorian recounts having seen Mirzaev in front of the club with a girl named Alla. They were saying goodbye. Shortly thereafter, Agafonov rolled a toy car up to Mirzaev. Grigorian was not paying close attention at that point to the words exchanged between them. His attention was piqued when a friend of Agafonov’s approached, at which point Agafonov turned to his friend and said rather loudly, “Let’s pick up some hookers.” Mirzaev then told Agafonov that Alla was his girlfriend, and the two engaged in a short verbal exchange. Mirzaev then stepped on Agafonov’s toy car. Agafonov moved toward Mirzaev, apparently preparing to hit him. Mirzaev then slapped Agafonov, who collapsed. At that point none of Agafonov’s friends tried to help him, rather Mirzaev and his friends tried to help. Agafonov was complaining of a headache. He was incomprehensible at that point.

Grigorian went on to describe Mirzaev as a very relaxed, non-aggressive person.

Prosecution witness’ account

According to Alexander Fadin, Agafonov was a bit tipsy on that fateful evening. While their group of friends was talking outside the club, Agafonov pulled a toy car out of a mutual friend’s vehicle. Agafonov then approached some girls, but Fadin didn’t pay attention to what transpired next, until he heard a loud blow. When he turned around, he saw Agafonov lying on the ground. His friends tried to help him to his feet. After the strike, he was confused and less talkative than usual, but he seemed more or less ok. It took some convincing to motivate him to go to seek medical attention. However, his condition deteriorated quickly upon arriving at the hospital. Fadin emphatically believes that if the doctors had been quicker and more concerned with the patient, he would have survived. He cited numerous examples to illustrate the doctors’ alleged apathy.

Mirzaev showed a rare display of interest in the latter’s testimony. Throughout the trial, he has maintained a fairly stoic disregard for the proceedings. Generally when confronted with witnesses who were at the club that night, Mirzaev is vigilant about asking whether he-Mirzaev himself-rushed to help Agafonov after his fall.

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