Update– Two Other Pussy Rioters Flee Russia: Hubby


According to the husband of one of the Pussy Riot punk group jailed in Russia on a hooliganism conviction, the other two group members sought by Russian police have fled the country to escape possible arrest. A total of five Pussy Riot members actually took part in the “protest” at Moscow’s famed Christ the Savior Cathedral near Red Square, from which two of the members were taken into custody and subsequently sentenced to two years in a medium-security prison on hooliganism charges.

The Pussy Riot husband, Pyotr Verzilov, added that although there were only five group members present at the Cathedral protest, there are actually around a dozen members in the band, which he called a “large collective,” proudly reminiscent of the Stalin days. If you recall, this blog has been likening the acts of this group, its larger art collective Voina, and its sister feminist movement Femen in the Ukraine to the anti-religious communist and Stalinist movements of the Soviet days of yore in that part of the world. All the western support that Pussy Riot has been receiving from music people like Sting and wash-ups like Madonna — people who have no idea of Russian history nor religion — are ignorantly applying the same totalitarian nostalgia to the situation as they howl for freedom of speech or artistic expression. I’ll take it a step further — while Verzilov and the collective try to find their next venue to create a monstrously obscene way to create shock value and call it protest art, they should also perhaps paint up icons of Stalin, Beria, or maybe Lenin, Trotsky, or other leader-killers of the Great Soviet past.

And as an aside, I’ve seen a lot of similes about the Pussy Riot debacle in the cathedral lately, so I’ll toss another into the mix: Suppose a Palestinian rights organization staged an obscene takeover of the Auschwitz museum in Poland. That’s kind of the same thing Pussy Riot did to Russian Orthodox believers. They really tried to mess with their heads, and hearts.

I hope whoever finds the other two Riot members knocks them out and packs them back to Russia — as fragile art supply, but sent to Siberia.

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