By Siobhan O’Leary
Russian poet Yulia Privedennaya, leader of a youth commune called PORTOS (an acronym for the slightly Orwellian-sounding “Poetic Society for Development of the Theory of the Common Good”) has been given a 4 1/2-year suspended sentence after a Moscow Court ruled that the commune was being operated as an illegal militant group.
According to the Moscow Times, air guns, hunting rifles and a pump rifle — which were legally owned by PORTOS members — were found at the camp. Several of the teens at the camp also claimed to have been held against their will.
Privedennaya has maintained her innocence and said that the commune’s goal was to educate its members through poetry. Several activists and PORTOS members who originally testified against her have now come to her defense and she plans to appeal the decision.
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