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Moscow Court To Hear Appeal By Jailed Pussy Riot Members

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The Moscow city court is set to hear on October 1 an appeal by three members of the punk group Pussy Riot. 
 
The three women were convicted in August on charges of hooliganism and inciting religious hatred, and sentenced to two years in prison for performing a song against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Orthodox cathedral.
 
On September 30, the Russian Orthodox Church urged the trio to repent suggesting it could help them win leniency from the court.
 
In a statement, the church said that if the women make statements showing "repentance and regret," their words "shouldn't be left unnoticed."
 
At the same time, it repeated their actions "offended the feelings of believers" and "must not go unpunished."
 
The jailed women's legal team and relatives voiced little hope that the sentences, which have sparked an international outcry, will be quashed or reduced at the October 1 hearing.
 
Their lawyers told independent television channel Dozhd that their clients "won't admit guilt."
 
And Stanislav Samutsevich, the father of one of the women, told Reuters news agency: "The sentence is predetermined; their repentance will not affect it in any way."
 
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP and dpa
 
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by: robert from: Alabama
October 01, 2012 04:01
This just shows how cruel and unreasonable communism is when you have to punish people for expressing themselves with words like that is a reason to punish people. There no different than Hitler was, and everyone should take notice and never let your guard down to communism


by: dan from: U.S.A.
October 01, 2012 04:12
The best part of the ongoing story in Moscow about this group is the press around the world are entitled to use the word "Pussy" over and over again. ( For those readers outside the US, that word is a vulgar reference to women in general. It would never be allowed in American press, except that in this case it is a name, so must be allowed).So the American press just loves this.
Pussy Riot, keep up the good work!

by: michelle lillard from: phoenix
October 01, 2012 06:58
Freedom of speach.russia goverment need to get with the program.

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