Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

On February 21, 2012, five members of a Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot staged a performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Dressed in brightly colored tights and balaclavas, they performed their “Punk Prayer” asking the Virgin Mary to drive out Russian president Vladimir Putin from the church. After just forty seconds, they were chased out by security. Once a retooled video of the events circulated on YouTube (edited to seem much longer than the actual performance), the state was riled into action. Three members of the collective, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, known as Masha, Nadya, and Katya, were arrested and charged with felony hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, an offense carrying a sentence of up to seven years.As their trial unfolded, these young women became global feminist icons, garnering the attention and support of activists and artists around the world, including Madonna, Paul McCartney, and Sting, as well as contributors to this book: Yoko Ono, Johanna Fateman, Karen Finley, Justin Vivian Bond, Eileen Myles, and JD Samson. The Internet exploded with petitions, music videos, and calls to action, and as the guilty verdict was anticipated, Pussy Riot responded with articulate, unwavering courtroom statements, calling for freedom of expression, an end to economic and gender oppression, and a separation of church and state. They were sentenced to two years in prison, and inspired a global movement. Collected here are the words that roused the world.
114 printed pages
Original publication
2012

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    Сашаhas quoted2 months ago
    I am reminded of Karen Finley’s refrain: “Life is more important than art. But
    Varja Grechukhinahas quoted8 months ago
    Jesus Christ was accused of blasphemy. If Article 213 had existed two thousand years ago, Christ would have been charged under it. He called upon our asceticism and selfless devotion, but the tsars of the world, not wishing to do without their limousines and flashing lights, have judged him for it. “But beware of men: for they will deliver you over to the courts,” Christ warned. (Matthew 10:17) Beware, but go and prophesize to them. Without a penny in return, cursed and lied to, walk the earth and prophesize both to the Jews and the Hellenes.
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    I am reminded of Karen Finley’s refrain: “Life is more important than art. But life is meaningless without art.”

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