The Quietus - A new rock music and pop culture website

News

Pussy Riot Found Guilty
John Doran , August 17th, 2012 07:53

Sentencing expected later

Imprisoned punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty, it has just been reported (excellently) by The Guardian who are at the trial.

The band, among other things, were guilty of being motivated by hatred, desire to provoke religious enmity and a desire to spread homosexual propaganda, said the judge at the end of deliberation.

In summing up the defence case the judge said: "It was a small act but maybe not a very elegant act but they consider that it is the country which is sick. For them, individuals are not important, they consider that education in Russia is still in the Soviet mould. And that there is still cruelty in the country and that prison is a miniature of Russia itself."

But then added: "The Pussy Riot singers colluded under unestablished circumstances, for the purpose of offensively violating public peace in a sign of flagrant disrespect for citizens."

The sentence is expected at 3pm GMT.

If you love our features, news and reviews, please support what we do with a one-off or regular donation. Year-on-year, our corporate advertising is down by around 90% - a figure that threatens to sink The Quietus. Hit this link to find out more and keep on Black Sky Thinking.