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The Pussy Riot Debate

The story of the punk band “Pussy Riot” staging politically provocative performances has quickly spread worldwide. On February 21, 2012, four women protested against Putin by singing in a Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Moscow, “Mother of God, Put Putin Away”.

After less than a minute they were escorted outside the building by guards.

The controversy of their actions caused a huge uproar in Russia whereby they were quickly arrested and 3 of them condemned to 2 years in jail just last week. The girls were smiling at the trial having got the attention they wanted.

But was it all worth it? Of course, many who follow political news know that President Vladimir Putin was re-elected in March 2012 yet his re-election was greeted by many protests, claiming that his win was a fix.

Protest groups such as Pussy Riot believed this too and staged punk rock performances insulting the Russian leader and the corruption of his methods.

But their cathedral performance was one that went too far, and they were arrested for hooliganism. Many oppose this decision; even celebrities such as Madonna have spoken out at the unfairness and mistreatment of the group. But the question lies in, why did they have to insult the religious community (Russia is a very proud orthodox country) in order to get attention? They would have still got an audience if they were outside the Cathedral yet they clearly decided to cause that little bit of extra controversy and actually stand and jump on the altar.

Of course such actions do cause massive disgrace to religious believers but is 2 years each in jail really fair for this protest group? They were only after all, voicing their opinions, which should be allowed by law in any country. And why is it allowed to sing hymns in churches but not songs? They did not hurt anyone nor damage anything but merely oppose the current governmental regime in the form of a punk song. It may have been anti-Christian but is it really a Christian act to separate 2 small children from their mothers?

So what are your views? Should they have been allowed to go free or get a less severe punishment? Or are they hooligans after all who deserved to be jailed for such actions?

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