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***** Riot In Jail

Russia seems to be doing more to uphold religious principles than the US does now.

http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/*****-riot-and-the-ngo-human.html

On Aug. 17, three members of the Russian punk group ***** Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were found guilty of "hooliganism" motivated by religious hatred" and sentenced to two years of hard labor, including time served. The announcement of the verdict sparked protests outside the courtroom and around the world.

Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the Left Front was arrested outside the courtroom as was Gary Kasparov, former chess master and leader of the Other Russia coalition. Kasparov alleges he was brutally beaten by police while being held in a police station.

What has been shocking to many is the severity of the sentence, given that the defendants have no prior records, and two are mothers of young children. In the aftermath of the verdict, even many of Putin's allies have condemned it, and the Orthodox Church hierarchy has called for clemency. Lawyers for the three have alleged harsh treatment while the defendants were jailed prior to the trial. Moreover, the sudden announcement of a trial date left the defense team with only a few days to prepare.

The incident for which the three women were convicted occurred on

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(NT) They can't hold a candle to the Taliban.
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Ahhh.....the good old days.....

.....when the US executed "heretics" (and witches).

Memories.....

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(NT) Late 1600s. No US government then.
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Nevertheless.....

......it sounds like that's the kind of justice James thinks we need in this country. As JP noted, that kind of law is more suited to the Taliban than the United States of America.

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(NT) Political persecution disguised as something else
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Invading a church service?

to engage in such activity as described, that's pretty low. Some sort of punishment was deserved.

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punishment? perhaps, but some reading

indicates the trail results was ditated by Putin's politican machine and not by any legal precedence or fair standards.

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