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Punk’s not dead. Full report at the Guardian:

Three members of the band Pussy Riot, rejected charges of hooliganism for performing a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral against Vladimir Putin’s return as president as a trial against them opened in earnest on Monday. The charges could carry a punishment of up to seven years in prison.

The trial, say observers, will reveal how much power the resurgent Russian Orthodox church and its head, Patriarch Kirill, wields. He has called the “punk prayer” blasphemy, casting it as part of a sinister anti-clerical campaign.


Coverage from Al-Jazeera:

Pussy Riot, who say they were inspired by 1990s-era feminist US punk bands Bikini Kill and Riot Grrl, burst onto the scene this winter with angry lyrics and envelope-pushing performances, including one on Red Square, that went viral on the internet.


A profile from the Guardian on Saturday with the now-ubiquitous quote:

“Putin is scared of us, can you imagine?” says Squirrel. “Scared of girls.”


And yet again from the Guardian, an editorial from yesterday on the absurd lengths Putin is going to punish the group:

Tomorrow, the assault on civil society and the crackdown on dissent instigated by President Vladimir Putin since he began his historic third term in May moves into a different realm. The realm of the absurd. Tomorrow, three young women will stand trial accused of “hooliganism”. Their crime? Staging an impromptu performance in February of this year in a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow, singing a religious hymn laced with an anti-Putin lyric.


Meanwhile, Olympia, Washington now has its own Pussy Riot chapter…

As with every story there is how we want the world to know the story and then what really happened. In this story you will get both because there are many people telling it. Some of the members of Pussy Riot Olympia were trying to show support for Pussy Riot Moscow by carrying on what we saw them actually doing, disrupting public space to create dialogue about relevant political and cultural issues.


Here you can sign on to Amnesty International’s petition of release for the band.


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Pussy Riot: Lightning Rods in a War for Russia’s Mind…

Meet the Artist Who Sewed His Mouth Shut In Support of Pussy Riot…

Russian Punk Martyrs Pussy Riot Given Another Six Months Detention…




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