The powerful Orthodox church" (no less) hates Pussy Riot in Russia. jailed!? for what!? god!? fools!

http://freeinternetpress.com/story/Russians-Join-In-Call-For-Pussy-...

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"The case is dragging on because they can't do anything – on the one hand, they can't let them go because it would be against Putin's order; on the other hand, they can't start the trial because they have no argument," said Troitsky. Putin criticized Pussy Riot's performance shortly after their arrest, which many in Russia took as a signal of his support for the criminal case against them.

The longer it drags on, the more public acts of defiance grow. Last week, actor and director Olga Darfi strutted down the red carpet at the opening of Moscow's International Film Festival in a makeshift pink balaclava.

"I don't share their point of view and I'm not aesthetically close to what they do, and maybe they deserve some administrative punishment," Darfi said. "But that they're in jail is totally illegal. And we have to fight against this situation and create social pressure – if we do nothing then any of us can find ourselves in this situation. It's very dangerous."Pussy Riot shot to notoriety inside Russia with their flash performances of anti-Putin punk songs, accompanied by a revolutionary look of bright balaclavas and stockings. A February performance inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior, dubbed Punk Prayer, led to their arrest. The anti-government lyrics, delivered in the heart of official Orthodox Christianity, shocked the nation.

The powerful Orthodox church has continually attacked the band. Last week its spokesman, Vsevolod Chaplin, said that God had told him in a divine revelation that he "condemns what they have done". He added: "This sin will be punished in this life and the next."The signatories of the open letter in support of Pussy Riot warned of the social divisions caused by the case. "While the participants in the performance have been held under arrest, an atmosphere of impatience has grown in society which will cause division and radicalism.

"We do not see any legal foundation or practical sense in further isolating from society these young women who present no real danger," the letter said. Nearly 25,000 readers have added their names to the letter, which was published on the website of liberal radio station Echo Moskvy.

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