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Russia Criticizes EU Parliament Over Pussy Riot Prize Nomination

The three convicted members of Pussy Riot sit in a Moscow courtroom in August.The three convicted members of Pussy Riot sit in a Moscow courtroom in August.
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The three convicted members of Pussy Riot sit in a Moscow courtroom in August.
The three convicted members of Pussy Riot sit in a Moscow courtroom in August.
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Russia has criticized the European Parliament for nominating three jailed members of the feminist performance-art group Pussy Riot for a human rights prize.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said EU lawmakers were interfering in the internal affairs of Russia by nominating the three women for the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

The three were sentenced last month to two years in prison after staging a performance critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow cathedral in February.

The sentence has been widely condemned as harsh.

Also up for this year's Sakharov prize are Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and jailed Belarusian rights defender Ales Byalyatski.

The winner from among the five nominees will be announced on October 26.

The prize is named after Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov and was established in 1988.  


Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax
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by: john from: canada
September 27, 2012 17:34
Of course Putinist Russia is going to criticize Pussy Riot nomination for Sakharov Prize, just like Soviet Union criticized Western support for Sakharov himself and criticized the European Parliament for setting up Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1985.

Actually, Putinist criticism is very good to make the Prize all the more media-visible and have more weight in determining Western attitudes towards Putinist Russia's back-slide into Soviet-style restrictive laws.

Pussy Riot nomination for Sakharov Prize comes at same time as award of the Yoko Ono prize, recognition by globally-respected Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Even the darling of Putinist Russia's RT media, Julian Assange, has sought to align himself with Pussy Riot, saying in his Ecuador Embassy balcony speech, "...on Friday, a Russian band was sentenced to two years in jail for a political performance...":

"Jailed, Censored at Home, Russia’s Pussy Riot Hailed by Supporters from Yoko Ono to Aung San Suu Kyi":
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/24/jailed_censored_at_home_russias_pussy

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