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Putin: Pussy Riot Deserved Harsh Jail Term

MOSCOW (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if members of the punk band Pussy Riot “had not broken the law, they would now be at home, doing the housework.”

Speaking at a meeting with the Valdai Discussion Club Thursday, Putin dismissed any hope of mercy for incarcerated band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, The Independent reported.

“Whether the sentence was too much or too little is not for me to judge,” he said. “That is a matter for the court,” Putin said. “If they had not broken the law, they would now be at home, doing the housework, or back at their jobs.”

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina, along with a third member of the band, Yekaterina Samutsevich, were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred related to a performance at Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral. Samutsevich was released from prison after she appealed her case.

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  • http://wildeyguns.com The Christian American

    Unlike most of the people, I and a few others take Reagans advise. “Trust, the verify”. Putin is more of an American in that he beliefs in God and follows Godly principles in what he says and does. His attitude in this case is what our politicians should take. But, propaganda being what it is has rings in the people’s noses. They get their moral advise from the media and government.

    • Kinetic1

      Christian,
      “Two young women from Pussy Riot received two-year prison sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after performing a crude anti-Putin protest song in Moscow’s main cathedral.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/vladimir-putin-pussy-riot_n_2019103.html

      So what you are saying is censorship, especially related to speaking out against a nation’s leaders is “Godly”? Following this line of thought President Obama should have most of the people posting on this site locked up! I’m sorry, but I don’t believe that a man who would have his opponents poisoned can be called “Godly”.

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