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Russia's Ombudsman Calls Pussy Riot Prison Sentences 'Excessive'

Russia's human rights ombudsman Vladimir LukinRussia's human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
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Russia's human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
Russia's human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
Russia's human rights ombudsman has called the prison sentences against three women from the punk group Pussy Riot "excessive."

On August 23, Vladimir Lukin said the women, who staged a protest in a Moscow Orthodox cathedral against President Vladimir Putin's rule in February, had committed "a misdemeanor, not a [criminal] offense."

The women were sentenced last week to two years in jail after a Moscow court found them guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."

Lukin, a parliament-appointed ombudsman, said he may lodge a complaint if the sentences are upheld on appeal.

The sentencing has sparked protests in Russia and around the world, with Western governments and rights groups denouncing the jail terms as disproportionate.

The Kremlin has warned against "hysterics" over the ruling.

Based on reporting by Reuters and ITAR-TASS
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
August 24, 2012 00:23
This guy is an imbecile.
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by: Andrew from: Auckland
August 24, 2012 13:25
Now now, don't put yourself down like that Eugenio, you are more of a moron than an imbecile....
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
August 25, 2012 04:16
Probably Lukin is right, Eugenio, and misdemeanor it is,
If they just made song "Puti, Puti where your buty" and squized
Few "pa" in their pure taste dress. I did not get what it meant,
At first, when East conterplated "wetty", while West bought,
Slizy naked "puss" desecrate holy place. Was it the dead?

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