Thursday 14 November 2019

Pussy Riot sued for 'moral distress'

Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Maria Alekhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova show the court's verdict as they sit in a glass cage at a courtroom in Moscow.
Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Maria Alekhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova show the court's verdict as they sit in a glass cage at a courtroom in Moscow.

Shaun Walker in Moscow

SO offended by watching a YouTube clip that they need financial compensation -- that is the claim from a group of Siberians suing Russian punk trio Pussy Riot for psychological distress.

In the latest twist in the case of the three women, jailed last week for two years for their "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral, a wave of civil cases is being brought against them by a law firm that says it is inspired by the gospel.

"We are talking about moral suffering which causes physical pain," claimed lawyer Alexei Krestyanov, who is representing Irina Ruzankina and two other women who say they saw the clip on the internet and were harmed by it. "She suffered because this punk group performed their punk prayer in a place where she worships and that she considers sacred."

Ms Ruzankina is asking for 30,000 roubles (€754) in compensation, and Mr Krestyanov said that he plans to launch 12 lawsuits to represent the 12 apostles.

Lawyers for Pussy Riot have called the suits "idiotic". (© Independent News Service)

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