*** She compares them to Communist girls of the 1920-s
Moscow, April 11, Interfax - Renowned oppositionist Valeria Novodvorskaya sharply criticizes participants in the feminist punk group Pussy Riot and human rights advocates who consider them prisoners of conscience.
"Instead of freedom, we move to various "trash cans" as in the 20-s of the 20th century when fighters against religion spitted to heaven inviting God to come down and answer them or destroyed bells and made vegetables stores out of churches. Our Pussy Riot have something similar to Komsomol girls of 1920-s," Novodvorskaya writes in her article posted on the Grani.ru website.
According to her, participants in the action at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior were guided by the same ideals as Herostratus when "he set on fire the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus: by vanity."
"I would like to spend the rest of my life protecting those who stand for intelligent, good, eternal and not trivial, nasty, harmful, miserable or even historically criminal, which the present century offers me for human rights protection: Femens, the War group, Pussy Riot, picketers near the schools with sexual posters, Limonovs and Udaltsovs," she further writes.
Novodvorskaya confessed that "a clone of Ukrainian Femen, strange rock or punk group Pussy Riot that is offered for a subject of human rights protection makes her sick."
"Girls should be immediately released, the criminal case should be closed. Bad manners and disrespect to God-praying people, lack of tact and efforts to shock people deserve not more than 15 days of imprisonment for hooliganism, being more exact, minor hooliganism. It doesn't mean that they should be declared prisoners of conscience. They don't have conscience at all," the author writes.
She believes that after Pussy Riot are released they "contrary to Pushkin, should not be welcomed and given a sword. It's better not to say "hello" to them until they learn how to behave in a public place."
"Don't compare badly brought up "Pussies," half naked femens or oppositionists with phallus to those whom the candle circled in barbed wire - Amnesty International symbol - was once dedicated," Novodvorskaya summed up.