Bildt: "An unreasonably severe sentence"
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has expressed concern over the two year prison sentences given to the three singers in the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, for singing a protest song in a church.
Bildt writes on Twitter: “Even the Human Rights Commissioner of Russia deems the prison sentence for Pussy Riot unfair and calls for it to be appealed. Easy to agree.”
Speaking to Swedish Radio News Bildt says “It is an unreasonably severe sentence. Moreover, the whole trial has been something of a farce.”
The Swedish foreign minister goes on to say that the criminal justice system in Russia is increasingly being used to try to quiet expressions of political opinion.
Sweden slow in supporting Pussy Riot
Writer and free speech advocate Kurdo Baksi says Sweden has been slow to show its support for Pussy Riot, the punk rock band on trial for criticizing Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral earlier this year. He organized a demonstration this afternoon in front of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm.