Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Not a Riot

Prosecutors in Moscow are seeking a 3-year jail sentence for 3 members of Pussy Riot, a punk band made up of women opposed to Russia's once and current President, Vladimir Putin.
They're on trial for the crime of "hooliganism," deemed a Crime Against Public Security by Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code.
Conviction would expose them to prison sentences of up to 7 years.
Source of the charges?
Pussy Riot's balaclava-clad protest performance on February 21 at a Russian Orthodox church. (They've taken New York's Guerrilla Grrls a leap further.) The song's refrain, according to this site:
'St. Maria, Virgin, Drive away Putin
'Drive away! Drive away Putin!'
It's the same YouTube site from which the images accompanying this post -- said to depict the actual performance at issue -- were screen-grabbed. It's a statement on a lot of things -- not the least, the many faces of womanhood in modern Russia.

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