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5 Reasons Pussy Riot Has Already Won (Video)

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4.††Pussy Riot Has Left Unforgettable Images of Protest In Our Heads

Alyokhina, Samusevich and Tolokonnikova have exposed the moral hypocrisy in Putin’s Russia via indelible images, viewed around the world, of masked women in neon outfits performing amid the gold and grandeur of an Orthodox church. Noting that national Russian TV channels air “hours-long live broadcasts” containing “morally and ethically edifying news stories” (i.e., propaganda) including speeches by the Patriarch (some to help “the faithful make the right political choice during the election campaign”),†Samutsevich points out how Pussy Riot’s December performance disrupted that image via a “media raid”:

Our sudden musical appearance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior with the song ďMother of God, Drive Putin OutĒ violated the integrity of this media image, generated and maintained by the authorities for so long, and revealed its falsity. In our performance we dared, without the Patriarchís blessing, to combine the visual image of Orthodox culture and protest culture, suggesting to smart people that Orthodox culture belongs not only to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch and Putin, that it might also take the side of civic rebellion and protest in Russia.

5.†They’ve Done This Using Art

The performance and trial of Pussy Riot have given Putin his “biggest political headache,” says† in the Guardian, as they are

A story about art versus power. Of civil society versus church and state. Or as one film-maker who’s documenting it says, “punks versus Putin”. (He goes on to say, “It’s†Crime and Punishment, basically, but there’s also a band in jail so it’s a bit like†The Monkees. Or a really warped Beatles film.”)

The Monkees? The reference to that madcap 60s made-for-TV-band describes the tools with which Pussy Riot has taken on the “great might of the Russian state”: neon-bright “cartoonish” clothes and actions (jumping up and down), funny lyrics, loud songs, those balaclavas and “that†brilliant, witty, killer name.”

To quote Samutsevich’s words once more:

In the end, considering all the irreversible political and symbolic losses caused by our innocent creativity, the authorities decided to protect the public from us and our nonconformist thinking. Thus ended our complicated punk adventure in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

The adventure in the Cathedral is over but the story of Pussy Riot vs. Putin is not, not at all.

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6:48AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Keep it riot.

7:30AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

They just got a two year prison sentence!! Shameful.

5:33AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Pussy Riot has been found guilty. Just read about it on Yahoo! news. They will be sentenced later on today. Sad sad day. But we all know how Russia AND Putin are, right?!!

1:47PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

I am on the fence whether viewing this group is as being a positive or negative in relation to Russia's acceptance of human rights.
Of course, the government hate these girls. As much as I support their cause, I can also understand Russia in controlling them.

4:54AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Praying for the safety and release of all these women!

2:58AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Stupid Women !

11:13PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Aug 17 is only a few days away. I will send powerful thoughts and prayers that Putin does want to be liked by the world and not lose face, so that he will want to appear benevolent and therefore will be leaning towards greatly reduced sentence... Better yet, release them!!
This heavy duty fundamentalism is a scary thing. Not limited to Russia.
I love Art, so i am very very sad that this happened to these young women activist Artists. I pray for their well being.

3:33PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Pussy Riot Rules!!!

8:37AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

As I'm very well familiar with Russia and I've spent a lot of time there as an exchange student I feel very bad about the declining human rights situation in Russia at the moment. The jailing and trial process performed by the Russian authorities towards Pussy Riot just pinpoint that Russia is moving in the wrong direction: Away from human rights and a free speech towards a much more totalitarian regime.
While in Russia, I lived in a host family (a mother and her 20 year old daughter) and we talked a lot about the situation in todays Russia. This was aprox. 4-5 years ago. The mother stated that she missed the Soviet union because at that time they had food on the table, free health care, free schooling etc and they didn't have to pretend that they had free speech. They knew what to expect. This woman told me that "today you never know, because the documents say one thing but the reality is something completely different".
The Pussy Riot process is just the story we get to know here, but believe me, this is just one of all the tragedies appearing all over Putin's Russia.
FREE PUSSY RIOT NOW!

8:24AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Thanks.

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