We are clowns and we engage in buffoonery. We are kind of crazy. But we do not convey any evil.
We fought incessantly, ruthlessly, risking our careers, our private lives, our security and normality. Then I got tired, and not me only. The world took a bad turn, not only in Serbia during the nineties, but everywhere after September 11!
The Russian singer, conceptual artist and political activist has served two years in a prison labor camp for performing an illegal protest concert in Where did you get your sense of agency, or rebel attitude, I guess, the idea that one single person can change things with action? The Russian Revolution is really controversial thing in Russia.
Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were jailed in late February and face up to seven years in prison if convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility. Ms Tolokonnikova admitted that she and other members could be seen as being guilty of ethical transgressions, but she said their actions did not meet the threshold of criminal acts. We've prepared it, have written it. We need to explain why we do not agree, why we do not plead guilty," she said.
In a room in the Belgrade, Serbia, conference center, the assembled group looks like it could be any other NGO staff, clad in jeans and eyeing members of the press with standard skepticism. Court authorities have said she was temporarily denied travel due to a failure to complete community service; the group says the travel ban was a condition of her release from prison after a two-year sentence. Despite their clandestine travel plans, Alyokhina and the Pussy Riot collective were not and really have never been secretive about their thoughts on the world.
A storm of criticism broke in Russia following the harsh two-year prison sentences given to three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot for protesting against the government in a Moscow cathedral. Those openly critical of the jail terms included some who are close to Vladimir Putin and others with strong links to the church, increasing pressure on the authorities to treat the trio more leniently. Three members of the punk collective — Maria Alyokhina, 24, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22 — were sentenced to serve two years in a penal colony on Friday after being found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred".
We interview Russian artist Petr Pavlensky, who sewed his mouth shut in protest against the Pussy Riot arrests. Photograph courtesy of Petr Pavlensky. Last week, a Moscow judge ordered that the three members of feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, arrested for performing an anti-Putin "punk prayer" in the city's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, should remain incarcerated until January
Few people took much note of Russia's Pussy Riot punk band before it was put on trial for blasphemy. Now even Putin supporters are sympathizing with the young women. August 20, Most people seem to agree that the brief, arguably blasphemous and clearly obscene song performed by the women in a priests-only section of the empty church was of little import and might have passed unnoticed under different circumstances as had several previous Pussy Riot events.
As Moscow bans video clips by Pussy Riot, the Russian media celebrates the end of the protest band. But some of the women have gone underground and are using a hidden apartment as their headquarters. They plan to continue their fight.