The closing statements of Maria Alyokhina in court, August 8, 2012

The closing statements of Maria Alyokhina in court, August 8, 2012

  • Source: Pussy Riot Eng
  • Year: 2012
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann

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Maria (Masha) Vladimirovna Alyokhina (b. 1988) is a Russian political activist and a member of the feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot. Alyokhina is an environmental activist with Greenpeace and also protested against the Russian president Vladimir Putin. On August 17, 2012, she was convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and sentenced to two years imprisonment. In this closing statement she proclaims: “For me, this trial only has the status of a ‘so-called’ trial. And I am not afraid of you. I am not afraid of lies and fiction, of the thinly disguised fraud in the sentence of this so-called court. Because you can only take away my so-called freedom. And that is the exact kind that exists now in Russia. But nobody can take away my inner freedom.”

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