Pussy Riot’s Closing Statement Denounces ‘Totalitarian System’

The eloquent and defiant closing statement from band member Yekaterina Samutsevich in the Pussy Riot trial explains the meaning (which Americans might not have understood) behind the punk band’s acts of art. Via chtodelat, translated:

I now have mixed feelings about this trial. On the one hand, we now expect a guilty verdict. Compared to the judicial machine, we are nobodies, and we have lost. On the other hand, we have won. Now the whole world sees that the criminal case against us has been fabricated. The system cannot conceal the repressive nature of this trial.

During the closing statement, the defendant is expected to repent or express regret for her deeds, or to enumerate attenuating circumstances. In my case, as in the case of my colleagues in the group, this is completely unnecessary.

The fact that Christ the Savior Cathedral had become a significant symbol in the political strategy of our powers that be was already clear to many thinking people when Vladimir Putin’s former [KGB] colleague Kirill Gundyaev took over as head of the Russian Orthodox Church. After this happened, Christ the Savior Cathedral began to be used openly as a flashy setting for the politics of the security services, which are the main source of power [in Russia].

Why did Putin feel the need to exploit the Orthodox religion and its aesthetics? …The need arose to make use of the aesthetics of the Orthodox religion, historically associated with the heyday of Imperial Russia, where power came not from earthly manifestations such as democratic elections and civil society, but from God Himself.

In our performance we dared, without the Patriarch’s blessing, to combine the visual image of Orthodox culture and protest culture, suggesting to smart people that Orthodox culture belongs not only to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch and Putin, that it might also take the side of civic rebellion and protest in Russia.

20 Comments on "Pussy Riot’s Closing Statement Denounces ‘Totalitarian System’"

  1. Respect for speaking Truth to power.

  2. It’s interesting how Disinfo continues to post articles relating to censorship and freedom of speech issues while they themselves actively censor their community commentors.

  3. what a bunch of shit, look this bitches up. this sounds like pure occidental propaganda, waek shit.

  4. Sonnenritter | Aug 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm |

    Pussy Riot have been appropriated as a cudgel to bludgeon Russia’s reputation by the western media establishment. It is an unfortunate failure of Pussy Riot themselves to realize this. What is any of this shit compared to the West’s persecution of Julian Assange and Wikileaks? NOTHING.

  5. you fucking morons | Aug 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm |

    wtf I used to be hesitant to post b/c the 8 people before me all said some insightful shit. Now i see there’s nothing of the sort. PUSSY RIOT???? Western media could probably not even say the name on TV much less use it as a hammer to bash russia with and as far as censorship, unless anyone who posts with something meaningful to say gets axed I see they could only be straining water. 
    btw what’s occidental mean

  6.  Pussy Riot’s Closing Statement:

    “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves
    and I hope we’ve passed the audition”

  7. Did you read that? Yekaterina Samutsevich writes like Dostoyevsky. I’m all for her and her friends. Free Pussy Riot. 

  8. lanqiu332 | Aug 13, 2012 at 9:13 am |

    tinyurl.com/cyk9xz2

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