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.

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20 Responses to Pussy Riot’s Closing Statement Denounces ‘Totalitarian System’

  1. Camron Wiltshire August 11, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Respect for speaking Truth to power.

  2. Miracles August 11, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    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.

    • Andrew August 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      “Error has no rights.”

      • Spyrecruiter August 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

         spoken like a true fascist, decider of all truths.

        • Andrew August 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

          Thanks!

    • Camron Wiltshire August 12, 2012 at 3:40 am #

      ?  Who was censored ? 

      • Miracles August 12, 2012 at 9:57 am #

        I was.  Posts deleted, IP blocked, etc.  If I was, I’m sure others have been as well.

        The reason why is unknown to me.  Probably because I called Majestic a lazy hack one too many times.

        • Camron Wiltshire August 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

          Interesting.  Constructive criticism needn’t get personal.  Perhaps tone it down, focus on the issues/message not the messengers?

          • Miracles August 13, 2012 at 8:44 am #

            Well, thanks, you’ve just illustrated my point.

  3. fukum August 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

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

  4. Sonnenritter August 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.

    • MoralDrift August 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      the truth is, im beggining to find that both east and west are pretty fucking bad. talk to any russians with brains…do they like the way Russia is now? Chances are no. Yet many of them think America is some happy fun time land of joy….

    • Camron Wiltshire August 12, 2012 at 3:41 am #

      Two man con games.  East and West each others bogey men, keep the tension to steal the pension.

      • Andrew August 12, 2012 at 10:03 am #

        If only they were merely stealing pensions.

  5. you fucking morons August 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

    • Tinkerbell August 12, 2012 at 9:27 am #

       LOL. you fucking occidental moron

  6. BuzzCoastin August 12, 2012 at 10:25 am #

     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. Nehmo August 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

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

  8. lanqiu332 August 13, 2012 at 9:13 am #

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