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Four Pussy Riot Video Clips Ruled Extremist

13 December 2012 


Source: HRO.org (info
Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky Court has found that four of the five protest video clips by the punk group Pussy Riot are extremist material and has ruled that access to them on the internet must be blocked, reports Polit.ru, citing Interfax

According to the document, the ruling concerns the "Punk Prayer" video of the protest in Christ the Saviour Cathedral; "Pussy Riot Occupies Transport", the girls first video in which they perform standing on the roofs of public transport vehicles; "Pussy Riot on Red Square", a performance in the centre of Moscow at Lobnoye Mesto; and "Pussy Riot Burns Putin's Glamour", an improvised performance on the roof of a designer clothing store in central Moscow and in other upmarket shops. 

In all four videos the court found expressions and images aimed to incite hatred of and animosity towards representatives of a specific religious and social group, as well as calls for uprising, insubordination to authority and unrest. The assessment was conducted by specialists from the Russian Institute of Cultural Research. 

The court ruled that "access to the specified video materials must be restricted by adding rules for filtering IP addresses of the specified internet resources at the border router." This also applies to access to the videos posted on the group's website. 

The prosecutor did not argue that the video "Death to Prison, Freedom to Protest" should be ruled to be extremist material. 

The court's decision can be appealed within 30 days. 

On 12 December it emerged that the artist Nikas Safronov has filed a lawsuit against Pussy Riot with the aim of winning one million roubles in damages for the use of his image without his permission in "Pussy Riot Burns Putin's Glamour".
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