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As noted by Le Monde, Pussy Riot's actions in the cathedral would be heavily prosecuted in France and most developed democracies in Europe.
Contrary to what is promoted in this film, it was not Pussy Riot's critique of religion, or the }patriarchy" that got them into legal trouble in Russia.
It was going inside a church, and desecrating it through physical acts.
What they got prosecuted for was not a "thought crime" or a free speech crime, but for what would be a prosecutable hate crime in the UK, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the US, Canada, Australia etc.
What a shame. Free speech is important.Free speech that one side or the other consider despicable, discordant or prejudiced, is important to protect. There is nothing wrong with radically attacking through speech or art the ideas or beliefs that people hold. But the "performance art" INSIDE the church by Pussy Riot is not, and never was, the same as Hebdo cartons, or Mapplethorpe's P sschrist. This film is utterly full of false narrative of what happened. Pussy riot could have done the same thing on the public sidewalk outside that church and not been prosecuted. They decided to go in , not leave, even get up on the alter. if you did that in Paris, London, Washington DC you'd go to jail too.
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