Russian Church: OK, Free Pussy Riot
If they repent for their 'punk prayer'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2012 6:55 AM CDT
Deacon Sergei Baranov in Tambov, Russia, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Baranov became the first Russian Orthodox cleric to quit in protest over the Pussy Riot case.   (AP Photo/Laura Mills)
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(Newser) – The Russian Orthodox Church is again getting in on the Pussy Riot controversy, today reversing course and urging clemency for the imprisoned punk rockers if they repent for their "punk prayer," reports the AP. The church issued a statement today—a day before the women are set to make their first appeal in their two-year prison sentence—saying that if they show "penitence and reconsideration of their action," then they "shouldn't be left unnoticed." The church, which was the site of the punk rockers' protest, had previously insisted they should be prosecuted for their "blasphemous" conduct.

 

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