The Russian Orthodox Church has asked for clemency for the three jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot, provided they repent for their "punk prayer".Read the rest here.
The statement came a day before an appeal hearing and appeared to reflect a desire to put to an end to the case that has caused international outrage.
But it was unclear whether the women, who were sentenced to two years last month, would offer a penitence sought by the church and how much leniency a court may show.
There are so many things I admire about the Russian Church. But its historic inability to resist becoming an arm of the state is disconcerting. Not that it should have any relevance on the P---- Riot case. What they did was a crime in any civilized country. One can argue about the sentence. But not that they committed a serious offense.