Russia Hunting Other Three Pussy Rioters, and Why


Christ the Savior Cathedral’s destruction in 1931. Methinks Pussy Riot would have been a good contestant for Stalin’s house band for that project.

Russian authorities said earlier this week they were seeking to identify the additional members of Pussy Riot punk band that took over the Christ the Savior Cathedral in February in the controversial action that landed half the group in jail. The other members of the punk rock band were recently convicted of hooliganism in a Russian court for an impromptu “protest” in one of Russia’s most important churches, a performance deemed highly offensive to Russian Orthodox believers and were found guilty and sentenced to two years in a medium-security prison. Their “Punk Moleben,” or punk prayer featured five of the band’s 10 girls dressed in balaclavas mocking traditional Orthodox piety and performing from the church amvon, a place in the church normally inhabited by church clergy and helpers. (It should be noted that the members of Pussy Riot, from their mockery of church mores, piety, and traditions, obviously knew exactly what they were doing and could not plead ignorance at any stage of these judicial proceedings.)

The three already busted include 22-year-old Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24-year-old Maria Alyokhina, and 30-year-old Yekaterina Samutsevich, jailed since March. Many in the West have complained that the two-year jail sentence against the girls was overly harsh, but a closer study of other “protests” by Pussy Riot in Russia might show why the authorities have lost patience with the crew. According to various sources around the Web, Facebook and other public areas, Pussy Riot is part of a radical, anarchist art collective called Voina (“War” in Russian). Voina’s actions include  a pregnant orgy in a biology museum, in which a member or two of Pussy Riot just sentenced to prison (pre-baby) is clearly evident (sorry for having to include the link, but I felt it was necessary), masturbation with a chicken carcass, throwing live cats up against the walls of a McDonalds, spray painting a giant penis on a bridge, rolling around naked in front of pre-school covered in cockroaches, and other heinous acts. Just do an image search on Pussy Riot and other equally saucy search terms and see what you come up with.

To quote the Russian atheist being circulated widely lately on Facebook: “The lyrics of the ‘song’ this newly branded ‘rock protest group’ sang upon their intrusion into the Christ the Savior Cathedral (and another church several days earlier) violating the quiet religious practice and rituals of the believers – was not merely a ‘political protest’, the lyrics were also a clear and unambiguous hateful attack against the Church and meant to be offensive to the Orthodox faithful. This is not a ‘protest’ – this is a HATE CRIME. It is absurd to crime to claim that desecrating a church and spewing hate and profanities at believers inside that church is part of freedom of speech or protest.”

Perhaps the level of obscenity of Pussy Riot vis-a-vis Voina and this particular protest movement and its proximity to Russia’s spiritual center, i.e., the Church, is why the crackdown has been so resolute and why the rest of the crew is now up the creek as well. Perhaps also, the way things are going, there very well could be another wave of repression there while the so-called protests find a balance between the acceptable and the monstrous. And that might not be such a bad thing.

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