Pussy Riot update
February 21: five members of the punk band (Nadia, Masha and Katya) sang a song Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Expel Putin! in the Moscow Cathedral imploring the Virgin Mary to get rid of Putin. See the video, with lyrics here.
A few weeks later: three of the church singers were arrested on charges of “hooliganism” after Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, kicked up a stink about the band’s blasphemy.
July 20: those arrested are told they’ll be held for at least six more months as the trial progresses, and have been refused bail. [source]
July 24: performance artist and supporter Peter Pavlesnkiy protests by sewing his mouth shut whilst holding a sign saying “The action by Pussy Riot was an homage to a famous performance by Jesus Christ.”
Now: three of those women are facing seven years in jail and have been held without charge for months. The other members of the band are in hiding.
The band formed when they found out Putin was coming back to power, and now they’re at the forefront of the anti-government wing in Russia. Amnesty views them as prisoners of conscience, and there are widespread allegations that the Kremlin’s interfering with the trial.
In the words of member Squirrel (they often swap names), “The most important dictator, Putin, is really afraid of people…Putin is scared of us, can you imagine? Scared of girls.”
…and so he should be.
See the underground members’ first interview with the western media.
“Maybe some day someone will make a movie about Pussy Riot” - I really hope so, I’d watch the shit out of it.