Over half of Russians term Pussy Riot sentence fair

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 02:00 hrs

Moscow, Aug 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) More than a half of Russians believe sending three members of the punk group Pussy Riot to prison was a fair punishment, a survey by the Kremlin-connected pollster Public Opinion Foundation has found.

The survey was conducted Aug 25-26 among 1,500 respondents in 43 Russian regions.

On Aug 17, Moscow's Khamovnichesky Court handed down two-year jail terms for Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, who in late February performed a "punk prayer" near the altar of Christ the Savior Cathedral urging the Virgin Mary to "drive out" Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

A total of 53 percent of respondents said the court verdict was fair, while 27 percent said it was unfair.

Most of those who support the sentence are people with low income (61 percent) and aged 46 or older (60 percent). Those who see the sentence as unfair are mostly people with monthly income higher than $600 (55 percent) and with higher education (34 percent).

Ten percent of respondents said an administrative punishment would be enough for the offense, eight percent were in favour of a stricter sentence and four percent said the sentence should have been milder. One percent of respondents said Pussy Riot members deserved a corporal punishment.

Only seven percent of Russians said they had a positive attitude towards Pussy Riot's "punk prayer", while 66 percent said their attitude was negative.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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