It’s happening… As I warned the Russian state in last week’s entry, the night train from Zurich is whooshing closer into the heart of the Kremlin where the midnight mobs will assemble.
Pussy Riot girl #1 in prison has been released on probation. Ekaterina Samutsevich, let out of the medium security prison this week, after the girl used some legal wrangling with a new lawyer and the fact that she had only been in the cathedral to play the protest “gig” in question for 15 seconds before being tossed out by the church security team to get the authorities to give her a pass from jail.
The other two Riot chicks, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, remain in prison, serving out two-year prison sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity” for the band’s now-infamous ‘punk prayer’ in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Samutsevich leaves prison a star-crossed exile in her own right, likely with enough clout to run for political office, write books, and, perhaps, go back to doing what she and her ilk does best, smearing body excrement on symbolic edifices in the public eye. Or perhaps she will follow the rest of her band’s footsteps and head straight for the border.