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Russian Courts declare Pussy Riot's videos to be "extremist," band member files appeal...

By December 5, 2012

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In the latest attempt to suppress the voices of the Russian punk political feminist group Pussy Riot, the Russian courts have declared the group's YouTube videos to be "extremist."

With this declaration, internet providers are now required to restrict access to the group's videos.

The law, intended to suppress content by terrorist, ultra-nationalist and fascist groups, is being utilized (many say heavy handedly as well as incorrectly) to suppress any groups expressing any opinions in dissent with the current government. In effect, the imprisoned members of the group are not only being unjustly persecuted for expression of their political opinion, but the government is utilizing laws to further suppress this expression in order to erase that it ever existed.

Yekaterina Samutsevich, one of two members of the group currently serving a two-year sentence for hooliganism for the group's performance of their "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral in February has issued an appeal to overturn the ban, stating that the group will continue its actions, and will create mirror sites if necessary to be heard by the Russian people.

For those of us elsewhere in the world, the band's videos are visible on their YouTube page.

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