Pussy Riot Facing Long Prison Sentences For Performance At Cathedral

Can anyone save the world’s boldest feminist punk rockers, now that they have been unmasked and thrown in Russian jail? Is this the last stand for politically-subversive pop music? The Art Newspaper writes:

The lawyer for three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, who are currently awaiting trial for an allegedly blasphemous protest in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral shortly before the election that saw Vladimir Putin returned for a third term as Russian president, says only appeals from Western celebrities and high-profile cultural figures can save them from further criminal charges and long jail sentences.

The performance infuriated the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill I, and other top church officials, who were criticised in the “punk prayer” performance which also asked the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Putin.

“The authorities must now, in essence, falsify the charges,” says Nikolai Polozov. “It’s very hard for them to back down. I think the only option now is pressure from the outside. I don’t understand why Western pop and rock stars don’t want to support their Russian colleagues.”

A YouTube video of February’s “punk prayer service” shows Pussy Riot members in front of the cathedral’s altar in trademark ski-masks, dancing wildly, prostrating themselves and making the sign of the cross. The song they performed, titled Holy Shit, was a condemnation of the Russian Orthodox church’s close ties to Putin…

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  • Matholwich

    Did anyone else hear about one of the girls in this band getting help from the National Endowment for Democracy to publish her feminist zine?

  • Robl

    Russia and christianity – two pieces of shit in a sandwich of fucking disgusting.

    • http://theredandblackstork.wordpress.com/ Czarny kapturek

      Hitler believed the same ;)  (I’m not comparing you to Hitler, by the way, just pointing out that many Christians stand up against oppression.  Note how the band were praying.)

  • Erin

    I’d honestly kill for these chicks. They are unbelievably ballsy and we need more people like them in America. The global community needs to pull together and rally support for these brave women. Maybe instead of golfing every fucking time I turn around, Obama should grow a pair, do his job, and save these freedom fighters. Or maybe I’m just expecting too much from my president.

  • Anarchy Pony

    PUNK ROOOOOOOOOOOCK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Phillip-Schmitt/1590026226 James Phillip Schmitt

    we’ve done them one better in the land of coke and honey/creating music that puts people’s minds to sleep.

  • Irish Potato Gun

    How many children were systematically raped at that church?

  • smooth_operator

    Lock up these foreign-funded seditious maniacs for 100 years.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/myconica Threedinium

    I get the protest and all and I think it’s pretty shit and very old-skool that people can still get long-term jail sentences for blasphemy, but asking other professional musicians for support now that they’ve reached the inevitable consequence of the action? Shouldn’t they have really thought about that before the protest? 

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