As an Australian citizen, there really are a number of rights we may take for granted in this country. While human rights and freedoms are widely considered as essential tools for fair governance and social equality, news of a Russian band named Pussy Riot being sentenced to prison for the act of protesting has dominated headlines for some weeks now.
Here at Breakfast we are very interested in the situation in Russia and what this sentencing means for the future of human rights and freedoms in the country. We’re eager to ask, who holds political power in the country? is the judicial system so easily swayed? and do Russian citizens possess these crucial rights and freedoms that we exercise each and every day here in Australia?
This morning we spoke with Alexey Muraviev, a good friend to Radio Adelaide and Russian political expert from Perth’s Curtin University, about how and why this sentence has come about.
Produced by: Ashley Prigent