Why the Pussy Riot Judge Hid Her Face

In a comment piece in The Moscow Times, opinion page editor, Michael Bohm, argues that Judge Marina Syrova manipulated the law to classify the Pussy Riot case as criminal so she could give the three punk rockers a serious jail sentence. The punk rockers didn't damage any church property, had no weapons and did not assault members of the church. So it is clear that Pussy Riot's "punk prayer" should have been classified as a misdemeanour under the Civil Code. Syrova, it seems, set a record for a judge in post-Soviet Russia in terms of openly manipulating the law and delivering a blatantly biased and politically driven verdict in the Pussy Riot case.

Friday, August 24, 2012