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Ein Moskauer Militärgericht hat die Theaterregisseurin Schenja Berkowitsch und die Dramatikerin Swetlana Petrijtschuk wegen „Rechtfertigung von Terrorismus“ zu jeweils sechs Jahren Lagerhaft verurteilt. Es ist das erste Mal, dass in Russland Künstler wegen eines Kunstwerks ins Gefängnis kommen. Die Anklage und mit ihr der Richter befanden, dass das auf dokumentarischem Material fußende Stück der beiden, „Finist – heller Falke“, das die Geschichten junger Frauen schildert, die, von Online-Bräutigamen umworben, sich nach Syrien aufmachten und dort in die Hände von Islamisten gerieten, deren Verführer in positivem Licht erscheinen lassen.

Tatsächlich warnte das Stück, deren Schöpferinnen sich im Vorfeld mit Muslimen beraten hatten und von ihnen unterstützt worden waren, vielmehr vor solchen Betrügern. Es wurde deswegen noch im Jahr 2022 mit dem Theaterpreis „Goldene Maske“ ausgezeichnet.

Unattraktive russische Männer im Stück

Doch Berkowitsch ging zu Beginn der russischen Großinvasion in die Ukraine gegen den Krieg auf die Straße, als starke Poetin publizierte sie Gedichte gegen den Krieg, die zumal von jüngeren Leuten viel gelesen wurden. Dies und ihr Engagement für Frauenrechte dürfte die Staatsmacht zum Anlass genommen haben, an ihr ein Exempel zu statuieren.

Szene aus dem Doku-Stück „Finist heller Falke“ über irregeleitete russische Dschihadistenbräute.
Scene from the documentary “Finist Bright Falcon” about misguided Russian jihadist brides.Soso Daughters

The fees in opposition to Berkovich and Petrijtschuk, who have been arrested in Moscow in April 2023, have been primarily based on an knowledgeable opinion by the spiritual scholar Roman Silantjew, who based the pseudoscience of “destructology,” which he claims to make use of to diagnose “destructive” social phenomena that threaten Russia's nationwide safety. Silantjew discovered indicators of Islamism in “Finist,” but in addition of radical feminism and a rejection of Russia's male-centered social construction. A second knowledgeable opinion by the key service agent Svetlana Molchanova discovered that the play gave the terrorist characters romantic traits and idealized their jihad.

Informers from the theater world additionally performed a key function. The prosecution witness was 32-year-old actor Vladimir Karpuk, who runs the experimental and patriotic-state-supporting NEXT theater in Nizhny Novgorod. Karpuk, an adept of the director and Putin confidant Nikita Mikhalkov, discovered that “Finist” was Russophobic as a result of Russian males appeared unattractive in it – the truth is, the heroines are searching for a substitute for their moderately tough acquaintances, who additionally demand feminine care, of their on-line gallants.

Karpuk additionally claimed that the ladies who have been cheated on, who typically ended up in jail, have been finally “happy” as a result of they cherished one another. A second witness with the code identify Nikita, who solely testified by way of audio hyperlink as a result of he works within the theater world and is worried about his status, was additionally indignant that in “Finist” the ladies have been portrayed as victims and Russian society and its establishments as responsible. Nikita had secretly filmed a studying of the play and – after a Muslim good friend allegedly inspired him to take action – introduced it to the E-Center for Extremism at Moscow Police Headquarters.

During the trial, a whole bunch of Russian students wrote a letter mentioning that destructionology is a pseudoscience, and quite a few theater artists, composers and professors testified that the play supplied a surprising rationalization of the hazards of terrorism. But with the decision, which is a transparent mockery of any legality, Russia's legislation enforcement authorities are exhibiting that they’ll neutralize anybody who expresses doubts concerning the authorities's course.

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