“It’s interesting to see…why officials are afraid of artworks. Laughter and culture-jamming is what scares them,” Russian curator Andrei Erofeev tells ArtInfo France. He also thinks that the three punk rockers/performance artists in custody are going to be convicted of “offending religion.” The girls were just officially charged and are facing seven years in prison.

Hey, at least they get an art show! Erofeev will curate the premiere of the “Alerte” series at the Paris’s Palais de Tokyo — “The Case of the Pussy Riot Artists.” He is doing this in Paris because last time he curated a controversial show in Russia, he almost got sent into a gulag for offending religion and one of the “extremist” paintings in his show — Mickey Mouse as Jesus — is banned in all of Russia. And then we wonder why the Russian art world is exiling itself abroad.

Earlier this year, they crashed a Moscow cathedral during mass to perform their anti-Putin’s corruption anthem, chanting “Holy shit, shit, shit/Holy shit, shit, shit” and condemning state oppression, the religious system’s ridiculous corruption and homophobia.

Meanwhile, Pussy Riot-associated activist art group Voina, whose members almost served seven years for offending the police, are proudly not going anywhere…is what I’m getting from another one of their impassioned blog rants. They want YOU to participate in the 7th Berlin Biennale with them and send them video/visual proposals of your “a) innovative graffiti; b) radical street installation; c) provocative performance/action in a public space. Proposals (photo and video documentalization).” Did you see that “innovative graffiti” bit? Let Voina’s Epic Dick Bridge KGB Bombing inspire you and get to it.

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