The best parts of the Pussy Riot trial, in tweets

It’s a rare trial in which the defense is asked if they like modern art, if they have “head trauma” and if they listen to their parents. As the trial of Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot stretches on, social media posts by reporters and others inside the courtroom offer a window into the often-bizarre proceedings, with courtroom visitors reportedly threatened that they will be kicked out if they continue laughing.

Back in court. The special forces have been moves to the “lobby” twitter.com/MiriamElder/st…

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) August 1, 2012

Three of the band’s members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich face up to seven years in prison for performing what they called a “punk prayer” against Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in February in a Moscow cathedral. Speaking with reporters in London on Thursday, Putin said the verdict should not be “too severe,” but he added that their stunt “was no good.”

The three now sit in a glass cage in the Moscow courtroom for their three-week trial, on charges of hooliganism driven by “religious hatred,” the AP reports. An excellent play-by-play of the proceedings comes from the Guardian’s Miriam Elder on Twitter.

Lawyer @volkova_v reading powerful statement from Nadya: “truth is dear to us, dearer even than freedom”.

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) July 30, 2012

Monday, day one of the trail, opened with statements from the women about their intentions for the cathedral performance.

Lawyer @volkova_v reading powerful statement from Nadya: “truth is dear to us, dearer even than freedom”.

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) July 30, 2012

Pussy Riot’s Nadya says they had “political-artistic motives”, reacting to Patriarch’s call to vote for Putin in March elex.

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) July 30, 2012

In February, the Patriarch of Moscow met with Putin and expressed confidence in his win, and he later referred to the Russian president as “Russia’s legitimate leader.”

On the second day, a witness from the church where the performance was staged said she took offense at the women’s outfits, which consisted of colorful sundresses and balaklavas.

Church guard is testifying: “Their clothes were bright. Bright. It distracts from prayer.” Can’t wait for feminist analyses of this trial.

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) July 31, 2012

We also learned some interesting facts about Russian courts:

Things you probably didn’t know about Russian courts: the transcript is taken down by hand (also: find the cross) twitter.com/MiriamElder/st…

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) August 2, 2012

And heard more about the protests that were taking place outside:

Meanwhile every five minutes “Freeedom for Pussy Riiiiioooot” echoes in the courtroom from some dude shouting outside.

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) August 2, 2012

Celebrities, including musicians Pete Townshend, Corinne Bailey Rae and members of Franz Ferdinand, have also come out in support of the band.

On Thursday, Katya Samutsevich's father was called, and the strange lines of questioning commenced. He was asked whether Samutsevich was obedient, whether she attends church and what her tastes in art were.

Prosecutor’s first question: does your daughter have any psychological problems or head trauma?

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) August 2, 2012

According to reports from Rapsi News, Samutsevich’s father refused to answer the art question.

The judge is looking through evidence, incl Alyokhina’s kid’s application for kindergarten. Someone’s gonna get kicked out for laughing.

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) August 2, 2012

Click here to see more photos from the trial:


View Photo Gallery: Members of the Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot are on trial for holding a protest against Vladi­mir Putin inside a cathedral.

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