Police charge Pussy Riot supporters after Russia protest

Russian police officers detain a supporter of jailed members of the punk group Pussy Riot during a protest calling for their release, in central Moscow. Credit: Reuters
Russian police officers detain a supporter of jailed members of the punk group Pussy Riot during a protest calling for their release, in central Moscow.
Credit: Reuters

Russian police temporarily detained six activists protesting on Friday against the incarceration of punk rockers Pussy Riot and charged them with breaking rules on demonstrations.

Activists, actors and writers took turns holding posters demanding freedom for jailed band members Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, in order to comply with rules on one-person demonstrations which do not require permits.

The Moscow protest was timed to take place on International Women’s Day, a holiday in Russia.

Russian media reported that police stepped in to make arrests when more than one person at a time held posters in support of the women, who are serving two-year sentences on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.

Moscow police told Reuters the six people detained at the protest in front of the Federal Penitentiary Service building were charged with administrative misdemeanors for breaking the one-person protest law. They were all were released and handed orders for court hearings on Monday.

U.S. pop star Madonna and Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi are among those who have called for the two jailed Pussy Riot members to be freed.

They were convicted in August after performing, balaclava-clad, an anti-Kremlin “prayer” early last year at Moscow’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral.

Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, the third member of the band who was jailed but released in October, also joined the protest on Friday, according to the street-art collective Voina (War).

Russian media reported Tolokonnikova submitted a request for early release this week. Alyokhina’s request has already been refused.

Asked on Thursday whether the two should be paroled, President Vladimir Putin declined to comment.

“It’s not up to me, but it is a thing of procedures and applicable legislation,” Putin said.

In October, he called the Pussy Riot sentencing fair. “They wanted this, they got it,” he told the NTV television channel in an interview then.

At another central Moscow protest on Friday, police detained about 20 people for what they said was unruly behavior.

No arrests were made at a third demonstration on Friday, organized by mothers, wives, sisters, and female friends of opposition members jailed after protests on the eve of Putin’s inauguration in May.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Local

NYPD looking for lewd D train rider

The NYPD is enlisting the public’s help to find a man they say performed a lewd act on the D train Saturday evening. The incident…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

Movies

Fall Movie Preview: 10 films to see this…

Despite being awards season, the next four months bring a glut of remakes, rehashes and sequels. Here are 10 that should be better worth your time.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…