Video: Russia’s Punk Disrupters Take the Field with Poetry and Protest

I’m a huge fan of the creative and brave nonviolent actions by Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist protest punk rock group based in Moscow. If you were watching the World Cup finals, then you saw some if their “cops interrupt your daily life” antics on the field. These folks take incredible risks for freedom and for life under President Putin. See an earlier Pussy Riot post here. –Rose Berger

PUSSY RIOT: PITCH INVADERS, WORLD CUP DISRUPTORS, GREENBELTERS
During the World Cup final on Sunday, with millions around the world watching on and President Putin in the stands to soak up the adulation (at the end of what has been an astonishingly good tournament), four members of Greenbelt 2018 artists-in-residence, Pussy Riot, invaded the pitch.

Despite the usual knee-jerk groans of “what idiots!”, there was a carefully thought-through back-story behind the scenes. We want to take a few minutes to tell you about it.

In memory of Russian Poet Dmitri Aleksandrovich, who died 11 years ago, the four Pussy Rioters created an act they entitled ‘Policeman enters the pitch’. In his work, Prigov had created the image of a benevolent and perfect policeman (who Pussy Riot interpret as the bearer of heavenly statehood). This heavenly policeman, according to Prigov, would talk on his radio with God himself.

Pussy Riot took this image and contrasted it with the current behaviour of what they called an ‘earthly policeman’ (representing Russia’s current state police) who, they argue from personal experience, often fabricates criminal cases.
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Video: God Bless the Wickedly Brave Women of Pussy Riot!

Stephen Colbert welcomed Masha Alyokhina, 25, and Nadya Tolokonnikova, 24, the recently freed members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, on The Colbert Report this week.

Colbert joked around by playing the role of a Putin defender: “Now Vladimir’s a friend,” he said. “So I’m going to edit out anything bad you say about him.”

To which our heroes replied, “That’s okay. We are making our own tape.”

And on it went. These women are so brave, witty, smart, and committed. They truly stand in the punk tradition. While touring the U.S. they are visiting our prisons. Nothing like going directly to the heart of the matter.

Thank you Pussy Riot! We are legion. (See my earlier post ‘Pussy Riot’ Sentencing: Can’t Jail Female Fury.)

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