Moscow court orders removal of ‘extremist’ Pussy Riot online videos

Dec 3, 2012
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Four videos made by the dissident punk band Pussy Riot are extremist, a Moscow court ruled 29 November, according to Radio Free Europe.

Russian websites that do not remove the videos face a maximum fine of 100,000 rubles ($3,240), RFE reports. A representative for Google, which owns YouTube, said the company would block the content in Russia after receiving a court order, RIA Novosti reports.

One video shows a February performance at Moscow’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral against the rule of President Vladimir Putin, which prosecutors said fomented social disorder and offended Orthodox Christians, according to RIA Novosti.

 

Three band members were arrested for the performance, with two now serving prison sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” Yekaterina Samutsevich, the third band member who was freed last month on a suspended sentence, said she will appeal the 29 November ruling.

A court spokesman said Samutsevich cannot appeal because she did no participate in the hearing. The court rejected her request to take part this week, RFE notes.

A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church welcomed the ruling. It will take force next month unless appealed.


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