Chamblee54

Pussy Riot

Posted in Music by chamblee54 on July 12, 2012











Colorful Russian rockers Pussy Riot remain in captivity, months after the incident which got them in trouble. Al Jazeera takes a break from jihads to tell the story, with the delicately titled Russian punk rockers denied bail.
“Members of the all-female punk rock band Pussy Riot were denied bail on Monday after being arrested for a controversial act of political protest. The group faces up to seven years in jail for “hooliganism” when they stormed Moscow’s main cathedral to perform a song critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Band members later claimed their performance was staged in protest of the Russian Orthodox Church’s support of Putin. During his latest election campaign, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the church, praised Putin’s twelve year rule as “a miracle of God”.
It is a long time since the days of “G-dless Communism”. Today, the Russian Orthodox Church supports the Kleptocracy of Vladimir Putin. Huffington Post chips in :
“Many say Putin, who returned to the presidency last week, has used the church as a potent tool in his command structure, allowing it to amass vast riches in return for unquestioning support of his policies and spiritual blessing for his leadership. … Under the atheist Soviet regime, the church suffered persecution, with tens of thousands of its faithful purged, jailed or executed. The 1991 fall of communism opened the way for a renaissance that many celebrated as bringing Russia back to its spiritual roots.”
Pure Film Creative gleefully uses the P word in a headline. Pussy Outrage names the three arrested rockers.
“In yet another move that shows how totalitarianism is alive and well and living inside Vladimir Putin, Russian all-girl punk bank Pussy Riot have been denied the release from prison that was promised to take place earlier this week. Three members of the group— Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina—were arrested for so-called “hooliganism” after they burst into Moscow’s cathedral of Christ the Savior in March and, we imagine, disrupted one of those endless, droning Russian Orthodox hymns with a kickass rendition of their song “Holy Shit.”
The International Fashion Police are also calling for their release. The Pussy Rioters wear colorful masks, and balaclavas. Their colorful presence is missed.
Kot: We have nothing to worry about, because if the repressive Putinist police crooks throw one of us in prison, five, ten, 15 more girls will put on colorful balaclavas and continue the fight against their symbols of power.” Apparently, the masks allow the players to remain anonymous, which allows for a great freedom to change the personnel at will. This is another innovation few have tried, except for Kiss and professional wrestlers.
Youtube commenter Като Брафикус does not mince words. 
“Психически больные люди со своими мифическими героями, учинили расправу, беззаконие над невиновными девушками Pyssi Riot. Сектантская зараза насаждается обществу. Инквизиция и террор над мирными гражданами в России является сегодня нормой. Общество и народ России отвергает отморозков. Свободу Pyssi Riot!!! Free Pyssi Riot!!!”
Vice magazine had an interview with the band, a few days before the fateful Cathedral show. The interview has a header ad from Dominoes Pizza. The entire interview is worth reading, but these quotes are too good not to use here.

“VICE: Why “Pussy Riot”? Garadzha: A female sex organ, which is supposed to be receiving and shapeless, suddenly starts a radical rebellion against the cultural order, which tries to constantly define it and show its appropriate place. Sexists have certain ideas about how a woman should behave, and Putin, by the way, also has a couple thoughts on how Russians should live. Fighting against all that—that’s Pussy Riot. Kot: You shouldn’t have answered that question, Garadzha, because usually we don’t. When cops and FSB agents interrogate us and ask, “What the hell do these English letters on your banner stand for” (we put out a banner during some of our illegal performances and hardly any of these jerks speak any foreign language)—then we usually say something like “Oh well, Mr. Secret Policeman, it’s nothing special, those words just stand for “Pussycat rebellion.” But, of course that’s a brutal lie. In Russia you should never tell the truth to a cop or to any agent of the Putinist regime. …  VICE: Do you have any plans to stage shows at public appearances by Medyved or Putin? Tyurya: Putin is too scared to do any real public appearances—all his “public meetings” are heavily guarded shows with Kremlin loyalists cheering and blowing kisses. But one day we’ll hunt him down for sure! Serafima: So he better leave before we catch him. Putin would never want to meet Pussy Riot face to face!”

Amnesty International has taken up the Pussy Riot cause. Free Pussy Riot! is a petition calling for the release of the rock stars.
It has been a long time since rock and roll was dangerous in the west. Masked Women playing punk rock in Cathedrals takes the game to a new level. The carefully crafted faux rebellion of Lady Gaga, and the corporate pablum of Beyonce’, seem very tame by comparison. Maybe Justin Bieber should wear a mask, and get arrested in a Cathedral.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library.”










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