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Pussy Riot Trial ‘Reminds Me of the Inquisition’

by David Böcking, Spiegel International:

The prominent blogger and lawyer Alexi Navalny is one of the leaders of Russia’s opposition. In a SPIEGEL interview, Navalny talks about the verdict in the Pussy Riot case, the role of women in anti-Putin protests and why he is not afraid of going to jail.

Alexi Navalny’s office is located in a courtyard in downtown Moscow. In one corner of the room, next to a Russian flag, hangs a large photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in an extremely friendly manner. This comical image belies the fact that the Russian opposition is dead serious: It intends to bring down Putin.

Last Thursday, Alexei Navalny, a 36-year-old lawyer and blogger, met with SPIEGEL for an interview. Only a few minutes earlier, the chairs in front of his desk had been occupied by two investigators from the Investigative Committee, a government agency that is directly subordinate to Putin. They were questioning him on corruption charges.

On Friday afternoon, he rushed to Moscow’s Khamovniki district court to hear the verdict in the trial against the punk band Pussy Riot. When he left the courtroom that evening, he supplemented his earlier remarks with further comments to SPIEGEL. Navalny says he is now convinced that “Putin has decided to put all his opponents behind bars.” He himself could be next.

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2 comments to Pussy Riot Trial ‘Reminds Me of the Inquisition’

  • Mr Numbertaker

    I did some research into this ‘Pussy Riot’ stuff and all is not as the western media have portrayed it. Having seen videos and photos of thier previous antics they were lucky to get the sentence they did.

    Dont take my word for it do some digging……..

  • sexton

    something fishy about the pussy riot.

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