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New Protests Rage After Pussy Riot Guilty Verdict (Video)

New Protests Rage After Pussy Riot Guilty Verdict (Video)

This Friday, three members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years each for an anti-Putin prayer they performed in a Moscow cathedral in February. They were charged with hooliganism fueled by religious hatred and the judge in the case, Marina Syrovaya, concluded that their feminist projects equalled religious hatred. Human rights groups have been up in arms, calling the sentencing a blow to freedom of expression in Russia.

New feminist protests are already beginning to blossom in the wake of Friday’s sentencing. The Pussy Riot community extends far beyond the confines of the three singled-out members, who have borne ill treatment in prison and harsh sentencing with conviction, gusto, and even a few smiles. The larger Pussy Riot protest group released a new song on Friday called Putin Lights Up the Fires.

The Guardian compiled a montage of images to go along with the new Pussy Riot track. The music reflects the empowered sound and structure that have always defined the Pussy Riot movement: feminist empowerment, frustration, and a stand on the political issues in Russia.




The release of the track just hours after the verdict is an indicator that members of the Pussy Riot community will not back down from the Putin-Orthodox Church alliance that has punished the three members now imprisoned.

Another feminist group making headlines this summer, the Ukrainian Femen, also showed solidarity for the three convicted women. Reuters reports that a member of the topless feminist group, Inna Shevchenko, chopped down a cross on a hill in Kiev.

She reportedly sported the phrase “Free Riot” painted across her torso as she took a chainsaw to the Christian cross. Two other members of Femen were there with ropes to help to direct the cross as it fell down. The protest was meant as a sign of solidarity with the women of Pussy Riot and against the patriarch of the church.

While Shevchenko posed for photographers after taking the cross down, her arms spread wide, she now faces up to four years in prison for charges of hooliganism, not unlike her Russian counterparts.

Femen is commonly known for staging bare-breasted campaigns against sex tourism and prostitution. Yet Pussy Riot and Femen have both been essential critics of the Russian Orthodox church in recent years. At the end of July, another Femen protester greeted Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill as he got off the plane in Kiev. The words “Kill Kirill” were painted on her bare torso. Femen staged another protest during the Olympic Games in London to speak out against world patriarchies that silence women.

The Pussy Riot verdict has stirred up a global movement aimed at freeing the women. Multiple protests were staged outside of Russian embassies on Friday. The three women have also become beacons in a renewed fight for freedom of expression and feminism not only in Russia but in various countries. Musicians and artists around the world have stood behind Pussy Riot for the last six months, including another punk feminist, the British Louise Distras.

The women plan to appeal the the court’s most recent decision. We can only hope protests and demonstrations continue in the weeks ahead so that these women are not forgotten and lost in the Russian court system.

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2:35AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

FREE PUSSY RIOT.
TELL THE CHURCH TO GO F...ITSELF.
iTS 2012....the orthodox church is business nothing more or less.They dont get taxed &have u ever seen a priest drive anything less than a mercedes?! apparently tehhouse of god,but man that gold platter asking people for cash ,let Aalone these orthodox priests dressed in gold.

11:14AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

There is no place on this planet for scum like the people who support these sentences and those who support them are subhuman so it might be illegal but would certainly not be a crime in culling them.

7:57AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Dffbcgdf,
Batteries and P*ssee Riots?? plz explain the two comparisons, DUH! There aren't any but keep thinking you might be able to find one except the truth "the war on women is alive and well, period!!! Don't think too hard though you might burn up that last brain cell! Oh but you could use a battery! WTH

7:51AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Mr. Dffbcgdf,
I bet you have or should i say had your wife locked in a closet somewhere so she couldn't speak her truth. You r a kreep!

8:52AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

We are all anonymous, we will not forgive, we will not forget, expect us.....

10:57AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

4:47AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Dera Morgan M.
As a foreigner, Madonna only had to invest 10 million, which I am sure she had calculated with and was happy to invest.
As a local, it seems you get 2 years in a Russian gaol. It would, on the contrary, be great if more people from the west with the money and name were to engage themselves in this manner.
That alliance between church and state in Russia, along with its ties to the Russian Mafia are a real threat not just to human rights within Russia, but to all of us as their international control networks human and other trafficking become more prevalent.
Everyone I meet from the Ukraine these days wants nothing more than to leave their country now that Russia has once again established its hold on the country after the Orange revolution a few years ago.

4:14AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

GO FOR IT!.........

3:30AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

surprised by some of the comments here. If you look at what the members actually did, the law, the verdict and the comment from the church, I find it ridiculous anyone could say 'do the crime, do the time'. These women are fighting for a voice. The church asked for the judge to change the sentence. The government is not exactly operating separately from the Church, with very 'Christian' rulings being made, yet here is the Church asking for a reduction in sentence.

The women do not seem to be sorry for their actions, and they shouldn't be. They should smile and keep fighting. While it is clear that the event was a protest, not really a prayer the ruling and reasoning are really quite questionable. Their actions are being labelled as 'hooliganism' simply because they are feminists and expressing 'hate' for the church. If you read their lyrics, hatred of God, Christ, etc. is not explicit. This is a surprisingly complicated case ripe for any communications law class...

12:10AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

greif

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