Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2012

In Osteuropa 6-8/2012

“So That Everyone Knows What Is Prohibited”
A Plea Concerning the Verdict against Pussy Riot

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The performance by the women of Pussy Riot in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral violated article 5.26 of Russia’s law on misdemeanours: “violation of religious feelings of other citizens”. Misdemeanours can be punished, however, by a maximum fine of 10 days minimum wages or 15 days imprisonment. The court before which Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Ekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alekhina appeared therefore had the task of interpreting a misdemeanour as a felony. The opinion vio-lated numerous principles of criminal procedure. The court left the zone of legality in a hurry.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2012, pp. 225–228)