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Pussy Riot Digest

The trial may be over, but the controversy and the campaigns certainly aren’t. Whether support for the feminist punk collective and their cause will continue to snowball or die off will only be realised in time, but the spotlight does …

Wed, Aug 22, 2012, 10:11

   

The trial may be over, but the controversy and the campaigns certainly aren’t. Whether support for the feminist punk collective and their cause will continue to snowball or die off will only be realised in time, but the spotlight does seem to be getting brighter. Punk and feminist solidarity, celebrity endorsement, campaign branding in the colourful balaclavas worn at protests and the t-shirts for sale (because every modern protest needs an image), Europe and North America have latched on to the Pussy Riot cause with a remarkable grip. Now that a verdict has been reached, there are some interesting opinions out there worth hearing.

(pic via Reuters)

There’s a great piece in The Atlantic about the ‘Kony-ification’ of the Pussy Riot cause: “In Russia, Pussy Riot’s newfound Western fans are taking a serious issue (Russia’s degrading political freedoms and civil liberties) and turning it into a celebration of feminist punk music and art. Feminist punk music and art are great, but they are not the solutions to this particular problem, and pretending that they are takes attention away from more worthwhile efforts. Pussy Riot might have made punk music, but they got themselves imprisoned for an act of political dissent. Their unjust imprisonment doesn’t necessarily make anything done in their name — or, particularly, in the name of their punk music — a step forward for Russian political rights.”

Linked to in that Atlantic piece is a report on Radio Free Europe pointing to the lesser known young protestors who were also arrested.

The Moscow Times reports that the name Pussy Riot is to be trademarked.

A rather sniffy op-ed by Vadim Nikitin in the New York Times equates the members of Pussy Riot with Russian dissidents of old, which basically revolves around the argument that people shouldn’t support Pussy Riot unless they’re comfortable with all of their politics.

The Guardian drops one of the r’s in ‘riot grrrl’ and wonders if Pussy Riot will kickstart a new wave of “grrl power”.

Also in the Guardian Simon Jenkins calls out the west’s hypocrisy referencing jail sentences in Britain for ridiculous ‘crimes’.

Here’s Pussy Riot’s new tune, ‘Putin Lights Up the Fires’:
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