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PUSSY RIOT!
HOW ONE BALACLAVA-WEARING, FEMINIST, PUNK ROCK BAND IS CHANGING THE FACE OF FREE SPEECH AND POLITICAL DISSIDENCE IN PUTIN'S RUSSIA.
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The Women behind the Balaclavas: A Biography

The Women behind the Balaclavas: A Biography | PUSSY RIOT! | Scoop.it
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Sure you know the faces of the three Pussy Riot band members charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." But what did they do before breaking concrete (and other such manual labor) in a penal colony in remote Mordovia? Here is a glimpse into the lives of these fearsome and badass women...

YEKATERINA SAMATSEVICH:

30 years old, Yekaterina (Katya) is the oldest of our three Rioteers. She evaded jail time by successfully arguing that she had been stopped from actually getting her guitar out, therefore not really participating in the Church performance that incriminated her friends. Interestingly, she is a computer programmer and a graduate of the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia.

Both Yekaterina and Nadezhda are members of "Voina," a Russian street art collective, known for their (very) provocative and (very) politically charged perfomances. One example of Voina's activism is their "Operation Kiss Garbage" in which they ambush kissed policewomen in Moscow metro stations, as an anti-government protest. Another example of Voina's activism was their attempt to release live cockroaches into Moscow's Tagansky Courthouse. Ironically, this was the same building in which Pussy Riot was put on trial for the "Punk Prayer" performance.

NADEZHDA TOLOKONNIKOVA:

Only a lass of 23, Nadezhda (Nadya) is the youngest Rioteer, but she is anything but naive!!! She is a philophy student at Moscow State University.  Nadya is mother to 4 year old girl, Gera. Along with Yekaterina, she is a member of Voina. Random tid bit: Nadezhda has dual citizenship in Russia and Canada... I guess she really likes cold, desolate places. Disappointingly, Canadian authorities did not intervene in her trial.

MARIA ALYOKHINA:

24 year old Maria is a 4th year student at Moscow's Institute of Journalism and Creative Writing. She has a 5 year old son named Phillip. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer at the Children's Psychiatric Hospital (also in Moscow). Maria is a dedicated environmental activist with Greenpeace Russia. A devout vegan, she collapsed from hunger at Pussy Riot's trial because the court refused to feed her accordingly. Her testimony at the trial was particularly rousing:

"I am not afraid of lies and fiction, of the thinly disguised fraud in the sentence of this so-called court. Because you can only take away my so-called freedom. And that is the exact kind that exists now in Russia. But nobody can take away my inner freedom.”

 

KEEP THE PUSSY RIOTOUS!

SIGNING OFF (from the Red Square),

Camelotte (Cameron and Charlotte)

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Pussy Riot: activists, not pin-ups

Pussy Riot: activists, not pin-ups | PUSSY RIOT! | Scoop.it
Clever, committed and courageous, Pussy Riot are the only band that mattered in 2012, writes Dorian Lynskey
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This article validates Pussy Riot's controversial activism, and even lauds them as "the only band that mattered in 2012." The author posits that Pussy Riot's success is due to their work highlighting all forms of Putin's intolerance and oppression of human rights.

As the author writes:

"Their fame has not eclipsed other injustices in Russia but highlighted them, in the tradition of opposition movements strategically promoting charismatic individuals, from Nelson Mandela to Ai Wei Wei, as synecdoches for an entire cause. For newly curious observers outside Russia, Pussy Riot have lifted the curtain on the regime's intolerance."

 

PUSSY RIOT: 100% Changemaker!!!

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Meeting Pussy Riot | VICE

Meeting Pussy Riot | VICE | PUSSY RIOT! | Scoop.it
Putin's thrown them in prison now, but we spoke to them back in February.
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Meet and Greet with the ones-that-got-away...

Maria, Nadezdah, and Yekaterina who were charged (with 'hooliganism') aren't the only Pussy Rioteers.

Here's a glimpse into the identities behind other balaclavas... still alive and well despite their sisters behind bars!

RIOT ON.

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Pussy Riot members thank Madonna and burn portrait of Vladimir Putin - video

Russian punk group Pussy Riot thank all of their supporters, including Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in a new video
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Pussy Riot thanks Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bjork, Greenday and the international community at large in this incendiary video. Notice their trademark colorful balaclavas (and also the way they burn Putin's face).

START THE PUSSY RIOT!!!!

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Pussy Riot: Their Trial in Pictures Pictures - Before Sentence Announcement | Rolling Stone

Pussy Riot: Their Trial in Pictures Pictures - Before Sentence Announcement  | Rolling Stone | PUSSY RIOT! | Scoop.it
The Russian feminist punks are facing three years in jail for anti-Putin performance
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Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are names you probably have not heard of... but these gals are shattering the glass ceiling of the Kremlin, in fact, their badassery has landed them in court.

Browse these photos to see these changemakers in action.

 

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ABSTRACT

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A little bit about Russia's favorite (or maybe least favorite) all-female punk band!

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Pussy Riot is a Russian, feminist punk band that has become a controversial and internationally celebrated 'changemaker' for their incendiary messages of social reform and political condemnation.

The 20-33 group members keep their identities secret by using only nicknames in interviews, and masking their faces with colorful balaclavas. They stage 'guerilla' performances with the intent of highlighting social injustice and political corruption in Russia, which they do through their lyrics which include themes of feminism, LGBT rights, and strong opposition to Putin, who they consider a dictator with nefarious ties to the Russian Orthodox Church.

 

Their songs have incendiary titles such as: "Kill the Sexist" and "Putin has Pissed Himself." In the latter song, Pussy Riot sings that "the Orthodox Religion is a hardened penis / Coercing its subjects to accept conformity" (Wikipedia). The member's views range from anarchism to liberalism, but they all agree that Russia's government is corrupt and oppressive.

 

Pussy Riot's inflammatory performances landed them in the limelight after they staged a protest perfomance in Moscow's largest Orthodox Church. The song they performed, "Punk Prayer," asking the Virgin Mary to "drive Putin away" and "become a feminist" and likened the Orthodox clergy to the KGB.

 

Three main members of Pussy Riot, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Maria Alyokhina were charged with 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' for their participation in "Punk Prayer." Nadezhda and Maria (both mothers to small children) now face sentences in prison work camps. Their prosecution sparked international support, and when dozens of famous artists endorsed Pussy Riot, they responded:

"We're flattered, of course, that Madonna and Björk have offered to perform with us. But the only performances we'll participate in are illegal ones. We refuse to perform as part of the capitalist system, at concerts where they sell tickets" (Wikipedia).

 

Pussy Riot is controversial, shocking, and inflammatory, but without a doubt, they are changemakers. Their work has brought international attention to Russia's homophobic and sexist social policies, and the government's often dubious political record. In a country emerging from Communism, Pussy Riot is the progressive voice challenging limits on freedom of speech and creating lasting impact on Russia, and the world.

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VIDEO : Pussy Riot women begin life in penal colonies | FREE PUSSY RIOT

VIDEO : Pussy Riot women begin life in penal colonies | FREE PUSSY RIOT | PUSSY RIOT! | Scoop.it
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Hacking away at cement and other hard manual labor is the fate of Pussy Riot member Nadya, mother of a 4-year old child, who is imprisoned in a former gulag camp in a desolate region of Russia.

Putin's government's severe clamp down on Pussy Riot echoes Russia's dark and oppressive history and shows how far Russia has yet to come in allowing freedom of speech!

 

 

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The Iron Ceiling: Sexism Still Strong In Russia

The Iron Ceiling: Sexism Still Strong In Russia | PUSSY RIOT! | Scoop.it
Lifestyles in Russia may have undergone a seismic shift since its people threw off communism two decades ago, but some things have been very slow to change. Although women are more emancipated tha...
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Wondering what Pussy Riot is really fighting against?

Here is a look at the sexism rampant in Russia. According to this article, domestic violence is deemed a 'non-issue' by authorities, noting the traditional saying: "if he beats you, he loves you."

Additionally, Pussy Riot is strong supporter of LGBT rights, marching in Moscow's illegal pride parade. In a country where 74% of Russians view homosexuality as a 'mental illness' and 'moral perversion' (Wikipedia), Pussy Riot is doing meaningful work to advance human rights.

Reading this, it is clear that Pussy Riot's outspoken and often shocking activism is essential to changing attitudes in Russia.

 

 

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On Trial, Putin v. Pussy Riot

On Trial, Putin v. Pussy Riot | PUSSY RIOT! | Scoop.it
Despite the Westernization of the city elites, the rise of the “creative class” and the widespread distrust of the Orthodox Church, Russians remain uncomfortable with activist women.
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One New York Time's reporter's take on the Pussy Riot Revolution from the Russian point of view. Gives insight on Russia's political and social climate.

Pussy Riot's celebrity success is enough to make any Russian singer icy like Siberia.

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Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer is pure protest poetry

Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer is pure protest poetry | PUSSY RIOT! | Scoop.it
Careless translations of Punk Prayer obscure the song's serious purpose and in solidarity with the band I'm offering my version of the lyrics as Poem of the week
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These are the sacrilegious and agitating lyrics to "Punk Prayer," the song/performance that landed these girls in chains of the gulag. Sing Along!

 

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