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Russian Pussy Riot
July 14, 2012 3:42 PM   Subscribe

Pussy Riot is a free-floating (except when jailed) band of punk rockers and activists in Russia. Their punk protest issues include LGBT and gender rights, as well as opposition to Putin and the government. They’re usually anonymous, and they change their assumed and actual names and personnel on a whim. They perform in balaclavas that hide their features, and wear bright-colored tights and plain, skimpy dresses, so anyone can easily don Pussy Riot gear. Hair, makeup, even gender — doesn’t matter. This is not rock star territory. Men can be members of Pussy Riot; so can anyone on the spectrum. They do not perform in clubs or theaters or at music events. Every performance is a guerrilla one. Vice interviews Pussy Riot (before the arrests). Salon reports on the recent detention of three members. Amnesty International page.
posted by infini (28 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have been following the travails of Pussy Riot for awhile now. Thanks for the update.
posted by Isadorady at 3:52 PM on July 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


The arc of the universe bends toward Warren Ellis scripts aparently.
posted by The Whelk at 4:02 PM on July 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have been following the travails of Pussy Riot for awhile now. Thanks for the update.

Updates are confusing - Moscow Times from 5 days ago says they could go free but Al Jazeera from 3 days ago says denied bail. Reliable news appreciated though.
posted by infini at 4:10 PM on July 14, 2012


As a preview of the kind of environment in which they are operating: banal Russian street violence via webcam (contains violence). Would you want to be active in grassroots activism in this kind of place? Respect.
posted by Nomyte at 4:13 PM on July 14, 2012 [5 favorites]


great post except for the last link. I was under the impression we didn't do petitions.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 4:41 PM on July 14, 2012


My dad played these guys a lot on his radio until he was told by the radio station management that regardless of Meredith Brooks, it was mysogynistic for women to use the term "bitch" on the radio and he was offending our female listeners.
posted by dunkadunc at 5:45 PM on July 14, 2012


'Your democracy could be here': Pussy Riot supporter 'crucifies' herself
posted by homunculus at 6:08 PM on July 14, 2012


We might not do petitions (it would make sense), so it is possible the last link should be this one, since I assume Amnesty International links per se are legit, it being a respected NGO and all.
posted by Mezentian at 6:11 PM on July 14, 2012


Russia's lower house OKs curbs on Internet, media and activists: The bills passed by Russia's State Duma are seen as the latest attempt to crack down on resistance to the rule of President Vladimir Putin.
posted by homunculus at 6:20 PM on July 14, 2012


Anonymous: The Rock Band. I know V from Vendetta would approve.
posted by nicebookrack at 11:38 PM on July 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cue: the DysTopia mashmix EP by Excellent Riot-Like Pussy in 5...4...3...2...
posted by nicebookrack at 11:47 PM on July 14, 2012


Russian punk group ‘Pussy Riot’ go on hunger strike
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 11:27 AM on July 15, 2012


Their punk protest issues include LGBT and gender rights
What? I thought t.A.T.u. had that covered.
posted by edheil at 4:25 PM on July 15, 2012


'Pussy Riot' punk band left to languish in jail for Putin protest - Trial of feminists polarises Russian society.
posted by homunculus at 12:50 AM on July 22, 2012


Putin will not testify at Pussy Riot trial
posted by homunculus at 1:00 AM on July 24, 2012


Pussy Riot trial aired on internet
posted by jeffburdges at 1:03 AM on July 24, 2012


Pussy Riot Protest At Russian Embassy In D.C. Will Feature Musical Performances
posted by homunculus at 2:44 PM on July 26, 2012


In other Russian dissent news: Russia Is Stockpiling Drones to Spy on Street Protests
posted by homunculus at 2:45 PM on July 26, 2012


Pussy Riot: Will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks? includes video on Putin, 'punk prayers' and superheroes.
A whole bunch of links from livejournal.
posted by adamvasco at 4:47 AM on July 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pussy Riot members plead not guilty over Moscow protest
posted by homunculus at 9:54 AM on July 30, 2012


Putin’s Prosecutors Threaten Protest Blogger With Decade in Jail
posted by homunculus at 1:42 PM on July 31, 2012


Free Pussy Riot: A statement by Nadya Tolokonnikova
posted by homunculus at 12:45 PM on August 3, 2012


Putin: “Pussy Riot shouldn’t be judged too harshly
posted by infini at 4:15 AM on August 4, 2012


Pussy Riot trial 'worse than Soviet era': Judge refuses to allow 10 defence witnesses while lawyer claims women are being tortured with lack of food and sleep
posted by homunculus at 9:52 AM on August 4, 2012


Making Punk a Threat Again: Is Russia's Pussy Riot already the most politically influential punk rock group ever?
posted by homunculus at 2:10 PM on August 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pussy Riot trial: closing statement denounces Putin's 'totalitarian system'. Punk band's members claim they are freer than those carrying out their prosecution as judge sets 17 August for verdict
posted by homunculus at 10:40 AM on August 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Kremlin Wiretaps Dissident Blogger — Who Tweets the Bug
posted by homunculus at 1:21 PM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


The closing statements from Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in trial 8 august 2012
posted by homunculus at 4:00 PM on August 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


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