Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pussy Riot: Jailed Russian female band who dared to criticise Putin are denied food and water for 12 hours and deprived sleep

Caged behind the perspex panes of a cramped Moscow courtroom cell, the three young Russian women huddle together in dejected and fearful silence as a stern-faced woman prison warden, a 3ft wooden truncheon strapped to her waist, stands guard.

Terrified, separated from their children and deprived of food, water and sleep for long stretches, the three members of Russian punks-against-Putin band Pussy Riot face seven years’ imprisonment if convicted of the trumped-up charge of hooliganism levelled against them for staging an impromptu protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral, an act which outraged the Russian leader.

‘It’s torture,’ whispers Maria Alyokhina as she glances anxiously towards the guard.

‘We don’t sleep and we are not given any food. But God is with me and I won’t be scared by what a man can do to me.

‘I thought the church loved its children... but it turns out it loves only the children who believe in Putin. I thought the church’s role was to call us to believe in God, not to tell us to believe in one certain president.’ Read More