Another day of the Pussy Riot trial has just adjourned, with┬ástate prosecutor Alexei Nikiforov asking for three years in prison for Nadezhda, Katya and Maria and their punk prayer protest. “The actions of the accomplices clearly show religious hatred and enmity,” state prosecutor Alexei Nikiforov said in closing, meanwhile, Nadia pleased for logic: “To say that someone was trying to incite religious hatred during a prayer is absurd!”

The trial is in its second week and will continue tomorrow when a verdict for “hooliganism with intent to incite religious hatred” is expected. The girls have been in prison for five months. The charge and arguments might seem preposterous to us, but we’re not the ones setting the bar for for “hatred” because even “Using swear words in a church is an abuse of God,” according to Patriarch Kirill who publicly condemned Pussy Riot, while allegedly calling Putin to take the case seriously, on the sly. Putin might owe him own, that with Kirill endorsing him for president and telling his public that he was sent by God for Russia, which, if you remember, is exactly what inspired the Pussy Riot protest in the first place.

The judge has been wholly unsympathetic. Twitter is bursting with complaints of illegal, aggressive court proceedings. And for the central line, “Mother of God, drive Putin away” in the Punk Prayer? The prosecutor wants to convince the judge that it is “a deliberate feint to deflect attention from Pussy Riot’s real goal of mocking the church.” Let’s hope he can’t.

It’s been utter insanity watching the trial and being unable to show you the kind of propaganda discussions are being funneled into the television screens in Russia, rendering so many unsympathetic to these “foreign” “demons.” Also, Pussy Riot’s lawyer Mark Feygin is upsetting. He argued, “Many of the things they have done were clumsy and too shocking, but there are no grounds for criminal prosecution here.”

Don’t hang your head. Put up your fists.

Stay tuned.

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