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    RU - Putin foes the feminist punk band Pussy Riot jailed for six months after protest

    Pussy Riot jailed for six more months (Guardian)
    Putin crackdown on Russian dissent highlighted by case of feminist
    band arrested in March for performing 'punk prayer' in church

    A Moscow judge has ordered three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to spend the next six months in jail, prolonging a case that has highlighted the crackdown on freedom of expression in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

    The three women – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina – were remanded in custody until January 2013. Their supporters say the powerful Orthodox church, which has close links with Putin, is behind the drive to keep the women in jail.
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    Pussy Riot erupted on the scene amid a wave of protest over Putin's re-election as president. With bright balaclavas, rabid punk anthems and explicitly anti-government lyrics, they helped enliven Russia's growing urban protest movement.
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    more at link above

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    Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALS92big4TY"]Pussy Riot-Punk Prayer.mp4 - YouTube[/ame]

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    Another article about them, from back in Feb. Love the pic:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012...=ILCNETTXT3487

    I'd never heard of them before this, but any group of young women punks citing Riot Grrrl and Bikini Kill as influences are worth paying attention to, IMO!
    “Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all." -Abp Oscar Romero

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    I really like the song. They also perhaps have listened to proto-feminist punk band Kleenex/LiLiPUT, a key influence on the Riot Grrrl ethos.

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    The brilliant British playwright, Caryl Churchill, wrote a play 20 years ago called Mad Forest. It deals with events in Romania after Ceausescu, but could be applied to Russia as well.

    Basically it argues that the same thugs who ruled Communist dictatorships before 1989 spent the ensuing years re-consolidating their power and establishing new dictatorships under the pretense of democracy. (Ceausescu and his wife were executed, of course, but his henchmen merely took over in his stead.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    The brilliant British playwright, Caryl Churchill, wrote a play 20 years ago called Mad Forest. It deals with events in Romania after Ceausescu, but could be applied to Russia as well.

    Basically it argues that the same thugs who ruled Communist dictatorships before 1989 spent the ensuing years re-consolidating their power and establishing new dictatorships under the pretense of democracy. (Ceausescu and his wife were executed, of course, but his henchmen merely took over in his stead.)
    Bah!

    That would never happen....LOL.
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    Pussy Riot slideshow, courtesy Daily Telegraph.

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers support jailed girl punk band at Moscow concert

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/2...oscow-concert/

    Love the name of this band!

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    Hopefully when they're sprung they can go on tour with the Buzzcocks.
    This is my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.

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    Prosecuted Russian punk band Pussy Riot says ‘Putin is scared of us’

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/2...-scared-of-us/

    Giving their first video interview to the western media, three other members of the band, who have been in hiding since the arrests, said that, while it was “scary” knowing that the authorities could come after them too, they had also shown that “Putin is scared of us” and is “afraid of people”.

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    3 members of Russian band Pussy Riot plead not guilty to hooliganism

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/30/world/...iref=allsearch

    John Dalhuisen of Amnesty said the singers had been making "a legitimate protest -- this is not a criminal offense. They must be released immediately."

    "They dared to attack the two pillars of modern Russian establishment -- the Kremlin and the Orthodox Church. While many may have found their act offensive, the sentence of up to seven years in prison they may expect on the charges of hooliganism is wildly out of all proportion," he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STANDREID View Post
    Hopefully when they're sprung they can go on tour with the Buzzcocks.
    Buzzcocks were more melodic, but it might make a good pairing, at that.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX3ahHYbvEs"]The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) - YouTube[/ame]

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    Pussy Riot on Wiki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Pussy Riot on Wiki.
    Quote from Wiki:

    Their usual costume is brightly-colored dresses and tights, even in bitterly cold weather, with their faces masked by balaclavas, both while performing and giving interviews, for which they always use pseudonyms. The collective is made up of about 10 performers, and about 15 people who handle the technical work of shooting and editing their videos, which are posted to the Internet
    Many localities have laws forbidding covering one's face in public; of course, exceptions are made for performers, but may require a special permit. Not sure what the Russian laws would allow.

    The reason for this prohibition is that if the police cannot identify a person, the law cannot be enforced, and therefore face-coverings esp. at political demonstrations can promote riots.

    I don't respect these women as political activists at all. If they truly feel so strongly, they can uncover their faces and give their true names (or a consistant stage name). Maybe some of them are not even Russian.

    They throw tantrums and carry on about feminism, but facing the consequences for their actions, they quickly play the "we're just helpless little women" card.

    The truth is that they are probably getting a big fat paycheck from billionaire George Soros who loves destablizing countries so he can hedge against their stock market and make even more billions.

    And, frankly, the name of this group, "Pussy Riot" is just plain lewd.

    They had no right to disrupt a church with their noise. And, we Americans have no reason to hate Putin. We best stay out of the internal politics of other nations, unless we want our own economy to sink like the Titanic.

    I hope Russia gives each one 10 years! And, they can throw Soros in the slammer, too. Oh, and don't forget Madonna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walker View Post
    The truth is that they are probably getting a big fat paycheck from billionaire George Soros who loves destablizing countries so he can hedge against their stock market and make even more billions.
    Do you have anything from a reputable source even suggesting a connection with George Soros? From a reputable MSM source, not some cockamamie right wing hate site.

    Glad to see Putin's at least got some support in the U.S. Let's hear it for political repression!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Do you have anything from a reputable source even suggesting a connection with George Soros? From a reputable MSM source, not some cockamamie right wing hate site.

    Glad to see Putin's at least got some support in the U.S. Let's hear it for political repression!
    Sorry but I have never heard that expression before
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    Quote Originally Posted by badhorsie View Post
    Sorry but I have never heard that expression before
    Cockamamie is a wonderful word, suggesting even by its sound its meaning: ludicrous, nonsensical, trifling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Do you have anything from a reputable source even suggesting a connection with George Soros? From a reputable MSM source, not some cockamamie right wing hate site.

    Glad to see Putin's at least got some support in the U.S. Let's hear it for political repression!
    Before we go crazy all over the world trying to force "democracy" on people, we need to recognize that we do not have a functioning democracy.

    Do the American people support all these wars and attempted wars in the Mideast? No.

    In my opinion, we would rather spend all those $$$ trillions here in the US, mainly on improving infrastructure and rebuilding the economy.

    Does anyone at the higher levels of our government care what we think? No.

    You see the problem is that before we preach our solutions to the world, we have to actually solve our own problems.

    And, we should lead by example, not massively air bombing other countries into submission we have done so often in the past: Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, "Shock & Awe" in Iraq, Libya, ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Do you have anything from a reputable source even suggesting a connection with George Soros? From a reputable MSM source, not some cockamamie right wing hate site.

    Glad to see Putin's at least got some support in the U.S. Let's hear it for political repression!
    Georgie-boy is no friend to the American middle-class.

    Paying Pussy Riot to cause trouble in Russia would be part of the Soros standard method of operation. He dumps money into leftist groups, and then reaps profits amid the ensuing havoc they wreak. Soros sponsored leftist orgs in the US to campaign for "equal rights" in lending which brought so many Americans of every background to foreclosure, layoffs, long-term unemployment, under-employment and a decade of economic grief.


    Anything to make a buck, and at the expense of the nation which so foolishly admitted him as a "refugee."

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/0505/038.html

    "Your Pain, Their Gain"

    Crumbling home prices and $100 oil helped Wall Street's Highest Earners pull in $19 billion last year

    Problems paying the mortgage, filling the gas tank and feeding the family have eroded living standards for millions of Americans during the past several months. Not so for people who manage big piles of money--many of them made a fortune betting correctly on the housing debacle and rising commodity prices last year.

    Our second annual look at the pay of folks who run hedge and private equity funds shows that the top 20 took home a collective $18.7 billion last year, 43% more than in 2006. To even make the list you needed minimum earnings of $350 million, which is $90 million higher than the year before. No chief executive of a traditional Wall Street investment bank even came close.

    ... For hedge fund billionaires Pickens and second-ranked George Soros ($2.4 billion), whose own investments compose a significant portion of their funds, there's more to be made from asset appreciation than from fees. Soros made $2 billion from the growth of personal investments within his $17 billion Quantum Endowment Fund, which returned 32% for the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walker View Post
    Georgie-boy is no friend to the American middle-class.

    Paying Pussy Riot to cause trouble in Russia would be part of the Soros standard method of operation. He dumps money into leftist groups
    Yes, perhaps, but you have no evidence Soros is somehow funding Pussy Riot.

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    Punk band Pussy Riot’s courtroom drama grips Russia

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/0...-grips-russia/

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    We mean it, maaan.

    Making Punk a Threat Again (foreignpolicy.com)
    Pussy Riot is -- to borrow the Clash's mantle for a second -- the only band that matters.

    It almost doesn't matter what the court says. The three women of Pussy Riot -- an explosive, obnoxious cross between a band and an anonymous Russian dissidents' movement -- have, in an important sense, already won their farce of a trial in Moscow.

    Every day that their trial for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" continues, they call international attention to the paranoid repression of Vladimir Putin's Russia.
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    the rest at the link above; the Clash cannot be said to have "basically started punk rock," but it's a good article anyways

    You say you want a revolution: five other bands that have managed to upset regimes and dictators (Foreign Policy)

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    Pussy Riot trial like the Inquisition, says Mikhail Khodorkovsky

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012...?newsfeed=true

    The trial showed that Russians have been "deprived of an honest and independent judiciary, of the opportunity to defend ourselves and to protect people from lawlessness", he wrote in a statement published on his defence team's website on Monday.

    "The word 'trial' is applicable here only in the sense in which it was used by the inquisitors of the middle ages," he said.

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