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Pussy Riot Post-Trial
Round-Up Volume 3


08.22.12 Marina Galperina

We’ve been keeping an eye on Pussy Riot, from the start to the religious revolution to the circus of a trial and, finally, a justice blasphemy of a conviction, so we’ll keep updating you on some news you may have missed.

  • Ok, fine. So about those xxx visuals of pregnant Nadia (Pussy Riot) and Pyotr (husband) partaking in an orgy — calm your shit, Internet! I’ll say it again. This was a performance action by art group Voina, before they split into waring St. Petesrbug and Moscow factions and it was called “Fuck for the Heir Puppy Bear!” and was basically a crowded ten minute bang session in a back room of Darwin’s museum in a still somewhat ambigious political context. Look, I’ll even post the link to the “porn.” Who cares! Big deal! Well, it got the Exile censored in 2008 and, surely, helped get Pussy Riot convicted.
  • The Bulgarian statue to the Red Army got balaclava’ed. You might remember it from the epic vandalism, no? More public statue interventions in Belfast. Everybody balacalava now!
  • It’s not just the Russian special police that are on a manhunt for Pussy Riot. Squads of “Orthodox vigilantes” are going around Moscow defending Christian shrines and priests and apprehending “moral terrorists” against their faith. Oh, you don’t know these dudes? They’re a fanatical biker-dude-lookin’ hate group who spend their free time picketing everyone and shooting arrows at gay porn magazines.
  • Yes, you should be worried Pussy Riot in jail, says their legal team. After months and months of state-television propaganda about the so-proclaimed blasphemous heretics, there’s the “serious basis to think they can be faced with physical harm, moral pressure and even violence.”
  • We’re usually supportive of topless Ukrainian activists FEMEN, but we think their new campaign to “tour” around sawing down wooden crosses/war monuments in support of Pussy Riot is really doing more harm than good because it’s missing the point completely.
  • Russia’s Foreign Ministry calls foreign criticism of the verdict “biased and politically charged.”  Ha, well, isn’t it the kettle calling the pot cray.
  • Someone is trying to get Pussy Riot into Eurovision. GTFO.
  • Pyotr Verzilov makes some very important points about currently imprisoned activists that aren’t quite as photogenic as his wife, Pussy Riot’s Nadia. He also explains, “For Pussy Riot, the figure of Putin is a sexist, macho character who glues Russian politics together.” Bet you’ll never look at those Putin bare-chest hunting photos the same way again!
  • Here’s an interesting little piece about Russia’s ultra-elite, mega-“faithful” class, their five-star monasteries and their Putin privileges, albeit them “Homo Orthodoxus” is a tad confusing.
  • Hey, NY. There’s going to be a pop-up Pussy Riot art show at Lombard-Freid Projects in Chelsea on Sept. 10, backed by Amnesty International. Oh, and something about “Pussy Riot” getting trademarked? Damn, the band is doing well. I mean, except for the whole unjust, cruel imprisonment thing.