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He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich protested publicly against Putin’s third term presidential candidacy and specifically against the open support of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch for Putin. They were arrested in March 2012 and today, after a laughable trial, were found guilty of “hooliganism”. They have been sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Freedom of protest matters

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=12349&utm_source=aiuk&utm_medium=Homepage&utm_campaign=IAR&utm_content=PussyRiotSolidarity_main

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=20286&utm_source=aiuk&utm_medium=Homepage&utm_campaign=IAR&utm_content=PR_Statement

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/17/pussy-riot-only-professionals-in-sight?intcmp=239

A day later, I added the link to a thoughtful commentary in the Guardian. Interestingly, my post is a tiny ripple in a big splash, intelligently orchestrated by a very professional art collective. The powerful church and state in Russia have held themselves up to ridicule in their crass and vindictive reaction. Does sharing and disseminating this art shine a light on the abuse of power everywhere?