And then there were two: Pussy Riot member set free after “proving” she didn’t actually get to perform

Today, the Art Newspaper confirmed that Pussy Riot will be somewhere in the middle of Art Review’s Power 100 list, still yet to hit the stands this year. According to the article, an editor from Art Review had the following, somewhat puzzling statement: “They have made a powerful contribution to the issues of free speech and art, and this persuaded the panel to include them, even though they are not strictly speaking artists.” We are to assume that he means they do not speak strictly, which may be true, because if he meant that are not artists, we’re curious to know how he might define them…

That aside, Pussy Riot made headlines again today when last week’s hearing hold-up was explained: Ekaterina Samutsevich (the only member who does NOT have young children at home) was set free, released on two years probation after her new lawyers successfully argued that Samutsevich never actually committed any crime (nor any “crime”), as she was detained before she could even get her balaclava on.

The full transcript of the hearing is already available in English here (their press team is getting used to this…)

Also, while the news hit the wires only a few hours ago, it has already fallen to the pundits, trying to extrapolate what this move might mean for Pussy Riot, Putin, and, apparently, the free world all together…  We are more curious how Katya’s plea reflects on the other two “guiltier” parties.

UPDATE: As always, we enjoy reading Julia Ioffe’s take, here in the New Republic.

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6 Responses to And then there were two: Pussy Riot member set free after “proving” she didn’t actually get to perform

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