Jailed Russian Punk-Rockers ‘Pussy Riot’ Begin Hunger Strike

Игорь Мухин (CC)

Via Common Dreams:

Three members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk-rock band, began a hunger strike Wednesday after a Moscow court suddenly told them they must prepare their defense for trial by Monday.

Maria Alyokhina, Yakaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were taken into custody in March, after the group’s February performance of “Virgin Mary Put Putin Away,” an anti-Putin song, inside the Russian Orthodox Church’s main cathedral, asking the Virgin Mary to chase President Vladimir Putin out of power.

The three women were arrested over four months ago and have been held without bail on charges of criminal hooliganism  — which carry a possible seven-year prison sentence. Two other female members of the band have avoided arrest thus far.

“I announce a hunger strike because it is unlawful,” said Tolokonnikova, wearing a T-shirt with the famous slogan of the Spanish Civil War, “No pasaran!” (“They shall not pass”), emblazoned across it.

“Until July 9 is not enough (time) for me. I think it is absolutely unlawful,” she said in the Tagansky district court.

“I am categorically against it and I announce a hunger strike,” Alekhina also said after the court delivered a separate ruling on her and another one on Samutsevich.

As the case generates media attention, activists all over the world are advocating for Pussy Riot’s release…

Read more here.

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  • Iconography

    Yeah, so this is one of the multitude of US government funded artistic groups under the “culture of opposition” strategy that operates via the State Department (as opposed to “politics of opposition” wing run out of the CIA). Their symbol is even the clenched-fist symbol used by OTPOR, the Serbian “pro-democracy” group that was run out of the US Embassy Belgrade as the civil subversion flank of the two-flank US strategy against Serbia (1. bombing, 2. incitement).

    Sadly, the most effective way to deal with foreign-paid agents like Pussy Riot is to just quietly disappear them in the middle of the night. The more humane way of jailing them feeds right into the U.S.’ carefully timelined PR plan by creating the appearance of a stoic, grey, autocratic regime rumbling along. But, just dumping them into the Moskva River is brutal; even though letting them lap up the limelight in prison is costing the Kremlin, it’s the ethically right thing to do, so, kudos to Putin.

    • Andrew

      Any support for that allegation?  Or should I just assume you’re paid by the Russian government?

  • Iconography

    My allegations – 

    (1) Pussy Riot and OTPOR Use the Same Logo
    Pussy Riot Logo: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Music/Pix/pictures/2012/3/6/1331032744319/Pussy-Riot-007.jpg
    OTPOR Logo: http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q62/chainsawmoth/GWG/Otpor_1.jpg

    (2) OTPOR Was Shown to Be a US-Run Front Group
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Otpor 

    (3) The NED is funded by the US Govt: 
    http://www.ned.org/about/faqs 

    (4) Pussy Riot is Funded by the NED: once you’ve read and digested the preceding four, and make an unambiguous statement that the first three allegations are true, I’ll provide this

    • Andrew

      > and make an unambiguous statement that the first three allegations are true

      That condition is unacceptable.  Only #2 is unambiguously true.  I disbelieve your allegation, and suspect you are a paid agent of the Russian government..

      • Iconography

        Even though the NED, on its own website, says it’s funded by the U.S. gov’t, you don’t believe it’s true? You’re beyond help. 

        Wrap that flag around your eyes tighter, you little daffodil. 

        • Andrew

          You were the one who used the word “unambiguously;” don’t discard it when it’s inconvenient.  The NED is partially funded by the U.S. government, not totally, as you seemed to suggest.

          The fact that I hate Putin, and I do, doesn’t mean I love the U.S. government.  That’s a False Dilemma.

          • Iconography

            never said “totally” – I *intentionally* never said “totally” (because they aren’t “totally” – they also receive backing from a handful of mega-billionaires looking for new markets to expand into)

            Keep back peddling as fast your chubby little legs can carry you! Wave ol’ glory faster and more furiously! Make sure you read what CNN is pounding out about all the cartoonish, villanious regimes they want to whip you into hysteria over! “2 MINUTE HATE! 2 MINUTE HATE!” 

          • Andrew

            I’m not waving old glory or back pedaling and you know it.  You still haven’t proven your allegation.  Anyone here can read who’s drifting further and further into ranting ad hominem.

    • http://somersetbean.blogspot.com.au/ Somersetbean

       I have looked at the 2 logos as a graphic designer. They are certainly NOT the same. A fist in a circle is a common symbol and these are 2 DIFFERENT representations of that. Your whole argument is based on this premise which is false. Your allegations, from this information, look ridiculous… Free Pussy Riot! (peace, love and solidarity from Australia)

  • arghh

    Someone assassinate Putin already. 

    • Iconography

      translation: “US MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX TALKING POINT #32-B | ONE-MINUTE HATE ENGAGED | MUST DESTROY THE ENEMY OF THE STATE”

      • Andrew

        Translation: “I AM PAID BY PUTIN’S CARTEL.”

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      The assassins have been too busy with folks like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, John Lennon, JFK, Harvey Milk, Ghandi, and so on. I hope you get the point.

  • Taisto

    Why did they show off that CIA-flag? They should have known better.
    Since there are members of the Voina-group involved in Pussy Riot, I don’t believe they are knowingly CIA-agents, but it does seem like they are being used as pawns in Imperial Power-games.
    As for the music, it’s complete rubbish…
    However, they are brave women, they are being fucked over, and deserve all the support.
    (A)//(E)

  • linli574

    tinyurl.com/cozaa3k

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