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Pussy Riot, Madonna and Sinead

August 10, 2012

Madonna has been called a "moralizing slut" by a Senior Russian official for her support of the Pussy Riot punk band during her Moscow concert.

When the Russian feminist punk rockers took over the altar of Moscow's main cathedral to perform an anti-Putin song, they quickly found themselves facing a 7 year prison sentence for "hooliganism".

The Russian hotties were protesting against the Russian Orthodox Church for fixing this year's presidential election by publicly backing Putin.

 

 

Madonna is no stranger to church protest controversy. Rome's Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders condemned her decision to stage a mock-crucifixion in the Italian capital.

The lapsed-Catholic diva's performance sees her wearing a fake crown of thorns and descending on a suspended, glittery cross as part of her worldwide "Confessions Tour".

Having already been criticised in the United States, Catholics priests from across the Eternal City have called Madonna's mock-crucifixion an act of blasphemy.

 

In 1992, Irish rock star Sinead O'Connor ignited a firestorm by tearing up a photo of the Pope on Saturday Night Live. She was expressing her disgust over child abuse scandals within the Catholic Church. This was long before the public was aware of the Catholic Church's role in covering up child abuse. Sinead's ballsy protest dealt a near-lethal blow to her career.

 

PROTESTING THE CHURCH

Russia's Pussy Riot are now being prosecuted for inciting "religious hatred"after performing a 40-second "punk prayer" in an empty church that damaged no property and harmed no one.

Russia under Vladimir Putin is not a rule-of-law state. It is a nation where courts obey a political dictator and punish those who criticize the Kremlin which ignores the mass corruption and official abuses by those in power. 

Pussy Riot has six members. Three members who do not face charges are speaking out anonymously from behind balaclavas about the harsh treatment of their imprisoned band members. They have compared the trial to Stalin-era "political order repression".

 

Kremlin critics say Putin, who has ruled Russia as president or prime minister since 2000, wants to use the Pussy Riot "show trial" to paint protesters in a negative light. Since his inauguration, the former KGB officer has signed laws raising fines for protesters, tightening control of the Internet - often used to organise protests - and imposing tougher rules on foreign-funded campaign and lobby groups.

Musicians around the world are trying to convince Russian authorities that singing in church shouldn't be a crime. Critics are calling the Pussy Riot trial a show trial. Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of the three band members and it has enlisted high-profile musicians such as Sting to join the campaign.

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