5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Keep Talking About Pussy Riot

The 2-year jail sentence has been handed down for the Russian feminist punk collective, but this is only the beginning.

Aug 20, 2012 at 11:30am | Leave a comment

The Pussy Riot trial might be one of the most fascinatingly subversive cultural moments to happen in our lifetimes. Here’s why.

1. This is an incident that is not just challenging Russian authority but also portending a coming revolution along the lines of the Arab Spring, says respected activist Alexei Navalny. Not to mention how much it reflects the current very frightening dissolution between church and state in the country.

 2. The trial has also shed an insane light on the increasingly out of control and terrifyingly brutal police state in Russia. Need video proof? It resulted in Pussy Riot protester chess master Garry Kasparov as one of many who was beaten up -- and who now faces severe jail time himself.

 3. Not only has Pussy Riot been kept away from their kids during their entire pre-trial time in jail for “hooliganism,” the band members now fear that their children will be taken away from them completely. FOR HOOLIGANISM.

 4. Didn’t catch the Pussy Riot closing statements? You absolutely must read them. Seriously. This is some of the most eloquent writing you will read in your life. And it might just make your soul feel alive again. That's to say nothing of the music which is sick how infectious and raw it is in its unbridled power. Plus, lyrically, as The Guardian says today: "Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer is pure protest poetry" (and includes the best translation of the verses yet).

 5. The absolute bottom line: These three women are a radical, deeply inspiring symbol of protest for this exact moment in history right now. Real protest. If you care about that right, then you care about Pussy Riot.

"Nobody can take away my inner freedom. It lives in the word, it will go on living thanks to openness [glasnost], when this will be read and heard by thousands of people. This freedom goes on living with every person who is not indifferent, who hears us in this country. With everyone who found shards of the trial in themselves, like in previous times they found them in Franz Kafka and Guy Debord. I believe that I have honesty and openness, I thirst for the truth; and these things will make all of us just a little bit more free. We will see this yet." -- Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina

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