Thursday, June 21, 2018

Yekaterinburg protestors show support for band accused of hooliganism

Supporters of imprisoned punk group Pussy Riot held an authorized protest in Yekaterinburg's Ploshchad Truda on Friday.

Protest organizer Vyacheslav Bashkov said that 20-30 people participated, though no confirmation from the police on the exact number has been released, Interfax reports.

The protestors demanded the release of the band's activists, displaying a banner with the image of three birds of paradise on it representing the three singers who are currently being detained - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina.

"We are against the judicial arbitrariness that is now taking place in modern Russia," Bashkov said, Interfax reports.

Several members of the band wore masks and performed an anti-Putin performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral on February 21. A criminal case was opened on the basis of Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code (hooliganism), a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison.

A sentence for the three detained activists is expected to be announced this week by the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court.