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All aboard the Pussy Riot bus!

Until a few weeks ago, it seemed that – despite a lack of a record label, and indeed, much music to put on one even if they had – Moscow’s Pussy Riot was doing just fine. The all-female masked punk band had an audience which, thanks to social media, stretched far beyond its Russian homeland.

For many Russians disillusioned with the mix of political systemic corruption, a barely fettered capitalism and a cultural conservatism, the band’s emphasis on shaking things up was, well, interesting, especially in the run-up to March’s presidential election. Songs such as ‘[Vladimir] Putin’s Pissed Himself!’ and flash gigs in or around major Moscow sites (Red Square, churches and the city’s subways) got the band noticed. A cross between the Guerrilla Girls and the Sex Pistols, Pussy Riot were irreverent, DayGlo and a welcome addition to the annals of agitprop. To make the headlines even more salacious, the Russian Orthodox Church had denounced them as sinners.

But then things became seriously difficult for the Rioters – referred to as the ‘Poosis’ in Russian following a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on 21 February. A rough and ready video shows the balaclava-ed Poosis performing their ‘punk prayer’. Using the form of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, the Virgin Mary was beseeched to ‘chase Putin out’. At least three women – first Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, and subsequently Irina Loktina – were arrested. Facing charges relating to hooliganism and blasphemy, the three are now in detention until a hearing on 24 April.

Supporters of the Poosis, ranging from ordinary anti-Putin demonstrators to art groups, are meanwhile rallying help, with English-language websites set up to funnel international help. A Party Riot Bus is scheduled to circle Moscow’s Garden Ring on 31 March, with news briefings and performances planned. Aboard the bus Pussy Riot supporters will hold a news conference, an art display and several performances.

There is a demo in support of Russian political prisoners — Pussy Riot included — outside the Russian Embassy, London, UK,  from 2-4pm on Saturday, 31 March 2012.

Links

Free Pussy Riot!

Pussy Riot’s YouTube page

Pussy Riot’s Journal (Russian/English)

Also of interest

Art Leaks

Zhir Artists’ Collective -scroll down for English

Photos from Pussy Riot’s Live Journal

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  1. #2 Mark Seboda 30 Jul 12

    Here's a little more of the best hits of 'Pussy Riot' aka the radicalized, so-called 'Art Group' Voina (WAR) that the Guardian and the rest of the Western MSM has such a perverse hard-on for.

    *** Warning - most of these photos and videos are Very Very NSFW!!****

    'Freedom of speech' - does not extend to desecrating religous centers of worship, enciting religoius hatred, or public sexual perversity in any country. What would the Westerners reactions be if such radicals broke into and desecrated St Pauls, the Vatican, Mecca, or the holy sites of Buddhism, Shinto, Hinduism, or Native American Shamanism with their anti-religious and 'political protest', I wonder? Liberals have the most amazing tolerance for intolerance and hatred towards the religious. It is rabid and radical secularlism and liberalism run amok, and become a messianic, totalitiarian, jihadisitic, and fundamentalist (anti-) 'religion' all its own...

    http://plucer.livejournal.com/55710.html


    http://lurkmore.to/%D0%90%D1%80%D1%82-%D0%B3%D1%80%D1%83%D0%BF%D0%BF%D0%B0_%C2%AB%D0%92%D0%BE%D0%B9%D0%BD%D0%B0%C2%BB

    http://blog.kp.ru/users/markusan/post226185220/

    http://nataly-lenskaya.livejournal.com/348825.html

    'Freedom of speech' - does not extend to desecrating religous centers of worship, enciting religoius hared, or public sexual perversity. What would the Westerners reactions be if such radicals they broke into St Pauls, or the Vatican with their anti-religous and 'political' protest, I wonder?

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Louise Gray is a music columnist for New Internationalist and the author of the No-Nonsense Guide to World Music. She writes regularly for The Wire and many other music and art publications. Find our more at her website.

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