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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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    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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    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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    Pussy Riot on Wiki.

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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.

    Stan Reid

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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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    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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    Pussy Riot Trial Nears Verdict in Moscow
    Jailed feminist rockers could face up to three years in prison for 'punk prayer'


    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/ne...#ixzz22tBbfyuu

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    Pussy Riot Make Final Pleas in Moscow Court
    Jailed feminist punks await verdict for controversial church performance


    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/ne...#ixzz22zSQgI00

    Their verdict is set for next Friday, August 17th.

    Defense lawyers expect a guilty verdict for Pussy Riot. While prosecutors have requested three years in prison for each band member – less than the maximum seven years – the defense is hoping for a more lenient punishment. They have announced plans for a world-wide rally to support Pussy Riot on the day of the verdict.

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    I'm so glad I Stumbled across this thread.

    We were on a college visit at FSU a few weeks ago and saw a hand lettered sign in the Union Green that said "Free Pussy Riot.". We all just looked at each other and shrugged, but I did say, "I hope that's the name of a band."

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    Royal Court plans Pussy Riot readings on day of trial verdict

    British actors will read testimony from trial at free event proposed by playwright EV Crowe as part of global day of action

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012...-riot-readings

    "What Pussy Riot does is take a stand, through art, and then maximise its impact through social media. They are women who make me want to understand the world I'm living in, to write about it, and to be brave whatever the cost," Crowe said.

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    Ladies and gentlemen....Jon Gnarr!

    Icelandic mayor dons dress in support of Pussy Riot (stumbleupon.com)
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    Russia Times reports that Reykjavik mayor Jon Gnarr appeared wearing a pink dress and a balaclava mask during the parade, dancing atop a truck bearing the banner, “FREE PUSSY RIOT.” According to The Moscow Times, one of the band’s songs, “Clear the Cobblestones,” which may reference Moscow’s Red Square, was playing during Gnarr’s demonstration.
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    more, with a picture, at link above

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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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    If the name Pussy Riot is lewd, then perhaps you should take that up with the men who originated the slang word "pussy" to describe women's genetalia. Not to mention the numerous other names that came about, some of which are used synonymously for "jerk" (c-word, I'm looking at you).

    Marginalized groups take back derogatory words because it is empowering. Pussy, bit*h, n***er, queer... All good examples of this.

    The only people it usually bothers are the privileged, who are angered about losing their "freedom" to use the words.
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    Rattle the Cage

    Somehow, I don’t think “Vagina Riot” would garner this band as much attention as the name “Pussy Riot.” I don’t have a problem with it and I’m an American woman. These women of Pussy Riot are bringing worldwide attention to the relationship between the church and Putin’s government. Good job ladies! Let the sunshine inside!

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