Pussy Riot members arrested for cathedral performance

pussy+riot

Three women from Russian feminist riot grrl collective Pussy Riot have been arrested and charged with hooliganism, for a performance of a 'punk prayer' titled "Virgin Mary, Drive Putin Away" in Moscow's Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

The performance, which took place in February, protested at Putin's regime and appealed to the "Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin" to "chase Putin out". A statement from the collective on freepussyriot.org states: "Our performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was a political gesture, which concerns the problem of merging of Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) and the Putin government" and goes on to say: "We believe that as part of the post-election campaign, Mr Putin, who received the 'victory' in elections, has decided to recall all the wrongs that were inflicted [on] him by the opposition of citizens."

The women, named as Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevic, are reported to have gone on a 12 day hunger strike (which has now ended), and a trial is scheduled for 24 April. More information here, and in Russian here.

Leave a comment

Pseudonyms welcome.

Used to link to you.