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Pussy Riot abandons ‘brand,’ will form human rights group

Pussy Riot abandons ‘brand,’ will form human rights group | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The recently released members of punk band Pussy Riot say they will not continue their musical project, but will instead fight for human rights in Russia. The women plan to crowdfund a rights group and have invited Khodorkovsky and Navalny to join.
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Fantastic!  We are witnessing the 'birth' of a new and very powerful new Human Rights project. 'Rights Zone.'

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A Russian human rights victory that shouldn't be the last

A Russian human rights victory that shouldn't be the last | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S release Friday of his most famous prisoner showed that Western censure can change his calculations. In recent days, President Obama and the presidents of Germany and France announced they would not attend the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, in what was widely interpreted as a protest of Russia’s new anti-gay law. Mr. Putin, no doubt worried that an event on which his regime has lavished more than $50 billion will be tarnished by his ugly human rights record, responded by freeing former oil magnate and opposition political financierMikhail Khodorkovsky. He also released other prisoners celebrated in the West: two members of the band Pussy Riot and 30 members of Greenpeace....

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Putin challenges US on Syria claims....Obama is nonsense...

Putin challenges US on Syria claims....Obama is nonsense... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Russia's President Putin asks the US to present to the UN evidence behind claims that Syria was responsible for chemical weapons attacks.
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Tell Secretary Clinton to Urge Russia to End the Systematic Persecution of Civil Society

Tell Secretary Clinton to Urge Russia to End the Systematic Persecution of Civil Society | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Russia is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot received guilty verdicts today for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." The young women were each sentenced to two years in jail. Their crime: staging a nonviolent anti-Putin protest at Moscow's main cathedral. In addition, not shaken by a recent gay rights protest at the London Olympics, the Kremlin maintains its ban on LGBT organizations from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Russian government is using antiextremism and incitement laws, which were enacted to combat hate crimes, to systematically silence dissenting voices including independent media, activists, religious believers, and LGBT and other minority groups. Russians who do not agree with President Putin and are unafraid to speak their mind are in trouble.

Secretary Hillary Clinton will travel to Russia in September for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. Tell the Secretary to stand with those fighting hatred and intolerance, not those perpetrating it. ....

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5 Reasons Pussy Riot (Guilty Or Not) Has Won (Video)

5 Reasons Pussy Riot (Guilty Or Not) Has Won (Video) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

At the end of this week on August 17, judge Marina Syrova will issue a verdict in the trial of feminist punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Jailed since March, they have been charged with “hooliganism,” of “gross violation of the public order and religious hatred,” for lip-syncing for 40 seconds to a “punk prayer” (“Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Out!”) in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior last December, following a protest against Russian president Vladimir Putin and charges of fraud in parliamentary elections. The three women could face up to seven years in prison though comments by Putin last week that they not be judged “too severely” suggest they may not receive the full sentence.

The trial of Alyokhina, Samutsevich and Tolokonnikova has become a “certified international cause,” as Michael Idov, editor in chief of GQ Russia, wrote in a New York Times op-ed. Amnesty International has named the three women “prisoners of conscience”; the US government has expressed concerns; Madonna, Bjork and hundreds of artists and performers have voiced support; more than 40,000 Russians have signed a petition protesting their arrest and detention; Russian civic and cultural figures have petitioned the country’s Supreme Court human rights ombudsperson for their release.

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Syrian-born Brits Threaten Russian Olympic Delegation with Protests, Demand Banning Lisin from Olympics - Russia!

Syrian-born Brits Threaten Russian Olympic Delegation with Protests, Demand Banning Lisin from Olympics - Russia! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...And yet, increasingly loud voices from outraged human rights groups and activists were clamouring for the UK authorities to do something about his company’s role in abetting the atrocities of Bashar Al-Assad against the people of his own country. According to a report in The Telegraph last month, The Professor Katsman, a freighter ship owned by the North West Shipping Company, which Lisin controls through his Cyprus-based Fletcher Group Holdings. The company denied knowledge of the contents of the cargo it took to Syria. However, the actions of the crew, which switched off the ship’s transponder, according to Human Rights First., a human rights non-profit organization based in New York, shortly before showing up at Tartus, Syria, only one day after more than 100 people were massacred by Al-Assad’s troops. ...

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Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks?

Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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They're not the three young women in jail: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 – or Nadia, Masha and Katya, as they're known. Nobody has been allowed to see them. Not their husbands, families or friends. But Pussy Riot is not just three women. It's a collective of "more than 10" women, including two others who performed in the cathedral and are still at large. And all of them have vanished since the arrests. They've all gone to ground. This isn't surprising given the danger they're in. They've spent five months in hiding, waiting to see if they'll be arrested too. And this is their first interview for western media.

Although they're not the imprisoned women, they don't have to be. That's the intention of the balaclavas – they're meant to be anonymous, indivisible, representative. It doesn't matter which of them got arrested. That's the point – that they're not individuals, they're an idea. And that's the thing that has gripped Russia and caught the attention of the rest of the world, too: that the Russian government has gone and arrested an idea and is prosecuting through the courts with a vindictiveness the Russian people haven't before seen. An idea perpetrated by three young, educated, middle-class women, or devushki (girls), as the Russians call them.

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Pussy Riot aren't just the coolest revolutionaries you're ever likely to meet. They're also the nicest. They're the daughters that any parent would be proud to have. Smart, funny, sensitive, not afraid to stand up for their beliefs. One of them makes a point of telling me how "kindness" is an important part of their ideology. They have also done more to expose the moral bankruptcy of the Putin regime than probably anybody else. No politician, nor journalist, nor opposition figure, nor public personality has created quite this much fuss. Nor sparked such potentially significant debate. The most amazing thing of all, perhaps – more amazing even than calling themselves feminists in the land women's rights forgot – is that they've done it with art.

 

http://is.gd/zdQPoi ; Pussy Riot performing 'Holy Shit'

@ Cathedral of the Redeemer on February 21st

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The Possible American Withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Beginning of Problems for Russia - Balochwarna News

The Possible American Withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Beginning of Problems for Russia  - Balochwarna News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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It is almost misfortunate of Russia and the Ex-Soviet Republicans that since 1992 till the date, through different warlords, Islamic Propagandist Party, (Islami Tabliqi Jumaet) and particularly through extremist religious students, Pakistan has expanded its Islamic ideology to such an extent in Central Asia that it could wreak havoc at any time whenever it felt necessary to under particular conditions. And Russia and its neighbors cannot afford to tolerate it under current situation. To shorten the debate, the reason why Pakistan cannot be taken into the game is because it has always proven to be an untrustworthy partner, and also neither does it has any capacity of doing any good to any end. So, if the world really wants a result oriented war against terrorism, unlike Pakistan, than they should seriously consider the natural geography of different nationalities in that region and support their freedom movements, otherwise Pakistan is already a sunken ship, it can drown their ships too.

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European court rules against Russia on 1940 Katyn massacre

European court rules against Russia on 1940 Katyn massacre | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Monday that Russia had violated the rights of relatives of Poles who were killed by the Soviet secret police in 1940, and described the Katyn massacre as a "war crime".

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Russia has blood on its hands – the plight of Syria

Russia has blood on its hands – the plight of Syria | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Months have passed between Russia’s crucial veto at the UN security council that have effectively scuppered any chance of effective international sanctions....

Russia, through the continued irresponsible use of its veto, and its continued arms deals with Syria has got blood on its hand. We have seen only snippets of the atrocities that are taking place as the Syrian regime continues to deny free and unfettered access to international human rights monitors. History will tell us the extent of what is occurring, all we know for sure now is that Russia is allowing this bloodshed to continue.

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Iran gives up 64% of her massive new oil, in exchange for Russian protection of “regime” in case of Face-Off with opposition – foreign or domestic!

Iran gives up 64% of her massive new oil, in exchange for Russian protection of “regime” in case of Face-Off with opposition – foreign or domestic! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

January 18, 2012 - In yet another humiliating deal, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has agreed to surrender to the Russians a significant parcel of the newly discovered reservoirs of oil and natural gas in Iran’s Caspian waters, in exchange for Russia’s support. Based on the agreement a garrison of 80,000 Russian soldiers will have permission to penetrate Iran’s soil as far as 70 kilometers south of Anzali Harbor, under the pretext of protecting the resources, but in reality Ayatollah’s regime.

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Thousands rally against Russian government

Thousands rally against Russian government | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Kremlin panel says it has proof of mass violations in parliamentary poll, as anti-Putin protests erupt across country.
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Putin says U.S. is parasite on global economy

Putin says U.S. is parasite on global economy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
LAKE SELIGER, Russia (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States Monday of living beyond its means like a parasite on the global economy.."
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The deal initially soothed anxieties and led Russian stocks to jump to three-month highs, but jitters remained over the possibility of a credit downgrade.
"Thank god," Putin said, "that they had enough common sense and responsibility to make a balanced decision."
But Putin, who has often criticized the United States' foreign exchange policy, noted that Russia holds a large amount of U.S. bonds and treasuries.
"If over there (in America) there is a systemic malfunction,
this will affect everyone," Putin told the young Russians.
"Countries like Russia and China hold a significant part of their reserves in American securities ... There should be other reserve currencies."
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Second Pussy Riot member freed

Second Pussy Riot member freed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has become the second member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot to freed early from prison under a new amnesty law.

Band member Maria Alyokhina was freed earlier on Monday in Nizhny Novgorod.

Alyokhina said the amnesty was a "PR stunt" ahead of the Winter Olympics and she would rather have stayed in prison....

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UNCHR: Investigate Slavery in Russian Prisons - The Petition Site

UNCHR: Investigate Slavery in Russian Prisons - The Petition Site | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Russia is not a great place for freedom right now. Publicly being gay has been made illegal, oligarchs are making billions while the poor suffer, and an increasingly authoritarian President Putin is clenching his iron fist over the country. 

One of the earliest protests were the Pussy Riots, who used music to spread messages of freedom and democracy. They were viciously arrested and thrown in jail on trumped up charges and long, unjust sentences. Now, one of the protesters has leaked word of being forced to live in slave-like conditions. ....

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U.S. House OKs Russia trade bill with human rights slap

U.S. House OKs Russia trade bill with human rights slap | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Friday to name and shame Russian human rights violators as part of a broader bill to drop Cold War-era trade restrictions,...
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#FreePussyRiot ==== Free Russia!

#FreePussyRiot   ====  Free Russia! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pussy Riot verdict to be announced tomorrow! Sound the alarm for justice.....

Make no mistake: This is not a conversation that Russian authorities want to have. But thanks to you and everyone who has raised their voices to sound the alarm, this is a conversation they now must have.

Tomorrow, a court will rule on the fate of Pussy Riot. Masha, Nadia and Maria, who are being detained for their peaceful performance of a protest song in a cathedral, could very well be carted off to a labor camp in Siberia where they will be at risk of rape and other abuses. ...

 

 

 

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Tell Secretary Clinton to Urge Russia to End the Systematic Persecution of Civil Society

...The Russian government is using antiextremism and incitement laws, which were enacted to combat hate crimes, to systematically silence dissenting voices including independent media, activists, religious believers, and LGBT and other minority groups. Russians who do not agree with President Putin and are unafraid to speak their mind are in trouble.

Secretary Hillary Clinton will travel to Russia in September for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. Tell the Secretary to stand with those fighting hatred and intolerance, not those perpetrating it. ...

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As Trial Ends, Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Remains Totally Defiant | Alternet

As Trial Ends, Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Remains Totally Defiant | Alternet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

You have to love these gals....insightful, intelligent to the extreme, and now very politically powerful!  KUDOS ALL!

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Pussy Riot Trial in Moscow Erupts in Chaos | Rolling Stone

Pussy Riot Trial in Moscow Erupts in Chaos  | Rolling Stone | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

'Three members of the band are currently on trial in Moscow, after Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested in March following an impromptu Pussy Riot performance at Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral. The band, who sang a song called 'Holy Shit' as a protest against the Orthodox Christian church's alleged support for Russian president Vladimir Putin, could face up to seven years in jail on hooliganism charges.' 

NME -  http://is.gd/oqwwf8        &        http://freepussyriot.org/

 

 

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U.S. Hypocrisy on Parade: Washington Arms Bahrain, Denounces Russia For Arming Syria - Forbes

U.S. Hypocrisy on Parade: Washington Arms Bahrain, Denounces Russia For Arming Syria - Forbes | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

It wasn’t that long ago when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Syrian President Bashar Assad was a force for reform. Now she is outraged that Russia is allegedly backing Assad with weapons. At the same time, the U.S. is arming the government of Bahrain, which oppresses its Shia majority.

Duplicity and hypocrisy may be inevitable in diplomacy. However, ostentatious duplicity and hypocrisy are not. Sanctimoniously denouncing Moscow for behaving like Washington tarnishes America’s image abroad.

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U.S. must bring pressure to bear on Bahrain

U.S. must bring pressure to bear on Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

As President Obama said in a searing statement Saturday, by rejecting the regime and its criminal brutality “we stand for principles that include universal rights for all people and just political and economic reform.”

For that stance to be effective, however, it must be consistent across the region....That’s why U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf emirate of Bahrain continues to be disturbing.....The United States has exceptional influence in Bahrain, in part because the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet is based there. But the Obama administration has mostly refrained from using that influence. ....U.S. criticism of Russia for continuing to arm the Assad regime will sound more credible when American military aid to Arab allies engaged in repression comes to a complete and unambiguous halt.

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Russia in the new Middle East

Russia in the new Middle East | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The shocks that have lately rocked the Middle East have surprised Russia, along with many other international actors.
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Biggest Putin Protest Yet: Tens of Thousands Demonstrate in Moscow | AlterNet

Biggest Putin Protest Yet: Tens of Thousands Demonstrate in Moscow | AlterNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Alexei Navalny, lawyer and blogger who has been credited with helping to mobilize the revolution, orated:

"We have enough people here to take the Kremlin," he shouted to the crowd. "But we are peaceful people and we won't do that — yet. But if these crooks and thieves keep cheating us, we will take what is ours."

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Russia Strikes First Bahrain Arms Deal After U.K., French Bans

Russia for the first time is selling weapons to Bahrain after the U.K. and France banned deliveries of security equipment to the Gulf monarchy because of its crackdown on protesters.

 

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