Pussy Riot Is a Punk Band, Russian, Going To Prison For Two Years

You know what’s scary? When you hear that Vladimir Putin has “weighed in on the side of leniency” in your Moscow trial. Out of context, I’d take that to mean rest easy, your assassination shall be swift and nearly painless.

On paper, however, the judge hearing charges of hooliganism for the three ladies’ so-called “Punk Prayer” stunt at a Russian Orthodox cathedral in February went with a two-year jail sentence. Pretty harsh, but he could have gone for seven. ALL HAIL PUTIN THE MERCIFUL.

You can watch the anarchic episode that began it all right here:

Politically coherent or not, this rage against the Kremlin, the maybe-illegitimate parliament and the local brand of Christ-worship, perhaps due to its pop cultural digestibility, has caused musicians and artists the world over to denounce Putin’s shady-ass regime. Great news for those antigovernment protesters who’ve been marching in -20ºF winters, with very little in the way of support from Madonna.

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