As you probably already know the punk rock group "Pussy Riot" will spend the next two years in the most horrible of human conditions for 30 seconds of wild gyrations and a prayer that Putin be driven away by a feminist virgin Mary.
But, really, did they expect that to happen? Literally? Or was there a deeper meaning or other traditions that motivated Pussy Riot? As it turns out there is.
Pussy Riot's wild dance in the Church exposed the Infiltration Of Russian Orthodoxy By the FSB using a tradition familiar to many Russians, yurodstvo or foolishness for Christ. This as it turns out this is a Real Threat not just to Putin but the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church as evidenced by the charges that include 'religious hatred'.
It is love that motivates Pussy Riot worldwide.
'Putin Lit Fires'
State more time in prison
The more arrests - more happiness
And every arrest - with a love of sexist
After swinging his cheeks, as the chest and abdomen
But we can not be resealed in the box
Security officers overthrew the better and more
Putin ignites the fires of revolution
He was bored and frightened people in the silence
Whatever punishment he had - that rotten ash,
With no time in many years - the subject for wet dreams
The country is, the country goes to the streets with audacity
The country is, the country is going to say goodbye to the regime,
The country is, the country is a wedge of feminist
And Putin is Putin goes, leave cattle
Arrested on May 6 the whole city
7 years we have little, give me 18
The ban yelling, slander, and walk,
Take his wife's dad Lukashenko
Chorus 2 times.
Now Putin and his massive police state will not be sedated until they capture the remaining pussy rioters especially since they have vowed to do more performances. We have only one recourse. Everywhere Putin goes, Pussy Riot goes. We are all Pussy Riot.
Why should we as gender diverse the most marginalized of all minorities become Pussy Riot? Because Pussy Riot is everyone of us, regardless if we are transgender, Cisgender L.G.B. or even hetero.
Inside Russia the remnants of Pussy Riot to include their children are being chased and persecuted so we have to take the fight to Putin whenever her travels.
Yekaterina Samutsevich, defendant in the criminal case against the feminist punk group Pussy Riot:
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. Instead, I want to express my views about the causes of what has happened with us.
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? After all, he could have employed his own, far more secular tools of power—for example, national corporations, or his menacing police system, or his own obedient judiciary system. It may be that the tough, failed policies of Putin’s government, the incident with the submarine Kursk, the bombings of civilians in broad daylight, and other unpleasant moments in his political career forced him to ponder the fact that it was high time to resign; otherwise, the citizens of Russia would help him do this. Apparently, it was then that he felt the need for more convincing, transcendental guarantees of his long tenure at the helm. It was here that 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.
How did he succeed in doing this? After all, we still have a secular state, and shouldn’t any intersection of the religious and political spheres be dealt with severely by our vigilant and critically minded society? Here, apparently, the authorities took advantage of a certain deficit of Orthodox aesthetics in Soviet times, when the Orthodox religion had the aura of a lost history, of something crushed and damaged by the Soviet totalitarian regime, and was thus an opposition culture. The authorities decided to appropriate this historical effect of loss and present their new political project to restore Russia’s lost spiritual values, a project which has little to do with a genuine concern for preservation of Russian Orthodoxy’s history and culture.
It was also fairly logical that the Russian Orthodox Church, which has long had a mystical connection with power, emerged as this project’s principal executor in the media. Moreover, it was also agreed that the Russian Orthodox Church, unlike the Soviet era, when the church opposed, above all, the crudeness of the authorities towards history itself, should also confront all baleful manifestations of contemporary mass culture, with its concept of diversity and tolerance.
Implementing this thoroughly interesting political project has required considerable quantities of professional lighting and video equipment, air time on national TV channels for hours-long live broadcasts, and numerous background shoots for morally and ethically edifying news stories, where in fact the Patriarch’s well-constructed speeches would be pronounced, helping the faithful make the right political choice during the election campaign, a difficult time for Putin. Moreover, all shooting has to take place continuously; the necessary images must sink into the memory and be constantly updated, to create the impression of something natural, constant and compulsory.
Our sudden musical appearance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior with the song “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out” violated the integrity of this media image, generated and maintained by the authorities for so long, and revealed its falsity. 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.
Perhaps such an unpleasant large-scale effect from our media intrusion into the cathedral was a surprise to the authorities themselves. First they tried to present our performance as the prank of heartless militant atheists. But they made a huge blunder, since by this time we were already known as an anti-Putin feminist punk band that carried out their media raids on the country’s major political symbols.
In the end, considering all the irreversible political and symbolic losses ca
used by our innocent creativity, the authorities decided to protect the public from us and our nonconformist thinking. Thus ended our complicated punk adventure in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
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. Once again, Russia looks different in the eyes of the world from the way Putin tries to present it at daily international meetings. All the steps toward a state governed by the rule of law that he promised have obviously not been made. And his statement that the court in our case will be objective and make a fair decision is another deception of the entire country and the international community. That is all. Thank you.
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Photo courtesy of Alexandra Astakhova. Original text in Russian published here. You can view video of the closing statements by Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova here and here (in Russian).
More than 100 prominent cultural figures have addressed a letter to the Supreme Court and Moscow City Court calling for the release of the three jailed Pussy Riot rockers.
Among the signatories were figures who openly supported President Vladimir Putin in the last election, including Chulpan Khamatova, a popular actress and co-founder of the Gift of Life charity, and actor and theater director Yevgeny Mironov.
A copy of the letter was published Wednesday in Moskovsky Komsomolets.
In all, the list of Pussy Riot supporters includes 103 musicians, actors, filmmakers, singers and other cultural figures.
"We do not believe that the actions of Pussy Riot constitute a criminal offense," the letter said. "The girls did not kill anyone, they did not rob, did not commit violence, did not destroy or steal anyone's property."
The letter asks for the women, two of whom are young mothers, to be freed from custody.
"We see no legal basis or practical reason for the further isolation of these young women, who do not pose any real danger from society," the letter said.
Ekho Moskvy has a list of the 103 signatories gathered so far, and they are looking to add names to the list.
Three members of the Pussy Riot punk group have been in detention since shortly after an impromptu February performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral that incensed church and state officials. Their detention was extended last week until at least July 24 while they await trial. They face up to seven years in prison.
The above is cross posted in full from The Moscow Times
I posted the letter in Russian and the English translation provided by PussyRiot.org
Please sign Amnesty International Petition "Free Pussy Riot"
Интеллигенция призывает освободить Pussy Riot
Appeal of actors and artists of the Russian Federation
I ask why not? Jesus while she was in human form did her very best to overthrow and subvert the patriarchal of her time, why shouldn't she continue that today?
The current religious demagogue in Russia who title is ironically "patriarch", demanded a offical investigation into the matter and as it turns out a artist actually posted those pictures.
They fined the artist 30 bucks for desecrating the bus stops.
Mean while Pussy Riot sits in jail awaiting Russian "Justice" for praying that There country be freed of the tyrannically oppressive Vladimir Putin before he starts world war three.
I also pray Jesus free's Russia of the Orthodox Church also.
There will be a benifit concert in Brokyln NY on June 23 to support Pussy Riot. Its expecialy inportant now that they have been denied bail and must remain indefentaly in jail awaiting trial.
I know from my site meter the vast majority of American trans woman could give a fuck less what happens outside our borders. The interest shown to articles published on planetransgender about Russia would would prohibit a commercial enterprises from publishing, but I'm not a paid writer.
I am a fucking Pussy (w)Rioter! Я чертовски Pussy (ш)мятежник!
For this, praying for the church and country, similar to what we have done time and again with Soulforce here, the three Pussy Riot members are facing a 7 year sentence.
The head of the Russian branch of Amnesty International Sergei Nikitin announced on Tuesday, April 3, that has recognized the three arrested women, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, as prisoners of conscience and demands their immediate release.
Suzi Parker's article on the Washington Post What American women could learn from Pussy Riot, a Russian punk rock girl band is a very good read.
This could be our reality in the United States should religions war on woman be won. Make no mistake.
The Ameican trans community needs to start thinking outside the box. We can influence world opinion, the same as we are doing here in the states because when you step out of the forest, its obvious the very foundations of transmisogyny here are crumbling.
Please sign the Free Pussy Riot.org petition Alexander Konovalov, Minister for Justice, Russia to release the imprisoned band members.
Pussy Riot has been on the cutting edge demanding freedom and change in Russia and has paid dearly for it in the past. Recently some of the band members were beaten and stripped of clothing and abandoned in the forest north of Moscow after a protest in Red Square. That happened before they were known outside the countries borders. Not now, Putin, we know who they are. And we know who you are too. (no more fucking crocodile tears, please)
Read more at freepussyriot.org and find out about the petition on Tabula Magazine.