Career threats: Punk woman band on trial in Russia

The charges could carry a punishment of up to seven years in prison

Written by Agencies | Moscow | Published: July 31, 2012 12:02:58 am

Three Russian feminist rockers rejected charges of hooliganism for performing a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral against Vladimir Putin’s return as president as a trial against them opened in earnest on Monday. The charges could carry a punishment of up to seven years in prison.

The three members of the Pussy Riot band,Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,23,Maria Alekhina,24,and Yekaterina Samutsevich,29,have been in custody for five months since their February stunt. Their prosecution has caused a public divide and drawn protests from rights groups.

The trial began July 20 but the first sessions were devoted to procedural issues. On Monday,with the court turning to the substance of the case,Tolokonnikova and other defendants said in statements that their goal was to express their resentment over Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill’s support for Putin’s rule. They pleaded not guilty to the official charges of hooliganism driven by “religious hatred.”

Lesson 1: Choose your job carefully; when you do,don’t go overboard (keep societal norms in mind); and if you are young,don’t throw anarchy into people’s faces.

Having said that,and you having followed that advice,it goes to show you are just average – a conformist.

Lesson 2: Be what you are.

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