Pussy Riot Attacked, Temporarily Blinded In Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

It is clear that the attackers acted with the approval of the Nizhny Novgorod FSB, located nearby. However, we will still go to the prison today, so they have beaten us in vain, absolutely in vain.

–Masha Alyokhina

We will go to the prison, despite the fact that the local police, “titushki” — the hooligans — and their bosses do not like it.

–Nadia Tolokonnikov

There’s not much to say. I hope they’re protected, and I will continue to take my hat off to them and cheer on their fight for those who need it. They’re still going to travel to the prison where convicts are treated like slaves (much like they’re treated here). Especially as Putin stares down the world, they stand, and literally fight. The thugs were wearing ribbons remembering WWII. Supporting the troops indeed. (via Huff Po)

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Midnight Music: Pussy Riot’s New Music Video!

While there aren’t subtitles on the vids yet, it seems Pussy Riot has taken the footage of them being harassed/assaulted in Sochi and dropped a new music video using it. The video is in your face, very hooliganism-style and I’m super glad they didn’t get their asses beat any harder than they did. I mean, zero ass beatings would be preferable, but it doesn’t seem like that is going to be happening any time soon. Check it out, and then let’s see what happens now that the games are over.

Esquire Nails The Pussy Riot Re-Arrest Commentary.

Since Pussy Riot returned to Russia, they’ve been the mouse to Putin’s cat. Being arrested, released, then having Cossacks set on them (as I mentioned earlier today), lots of different outlets have been trying to figure out what’s going on. Esquire got it right. In a scathing piece, they outline exactly why Putin has a shit-eating grin on his face all the damn time. He took $51 Billion of Russia’s money and handed it to his friends, and the world applauded it. Shit man, I’d be smiling.

Pussy Riot Attacked By Cossacks. With Whips.

In case you thought the saga was over, Putin’s Idiocratic Olympics continue with Pussy Riot being attacked by the Cossacks. Yes, the traditional, whip-wielding, horse-riding, xenophobic assholes from the hills of rural Russia, are now doing Putin’s bitch work. This involved whipping & violently attacking the members of Pussy Riot who attempted to protest various dastardly bullshit at Sochi. When the one male member of the Pussy Riot protest team ends up bleeding from the head, you know we’ve entered some terrible territory. (via FACT)

Pussy Riot Killed It On Colbert In Their First American TV Appearance.

http://laughingsquid.com/pussy-riot-members-make-first-american-television-appearance-on-the-colbert-report/

This is probably one of the most important interviews you’re going to watch involving music, dance & free expression in the surveillance age you’ll see in a long time. Pussy Riot stands strong & unbowed, taunting Putin to re-arrest them, discussing the secret number of Pussy Rioters (is that a word yet?) including the ones still jailed, and explaining their trip to the USA. Besides raising awareness, they’re also meeting prison & human rights activists in an effort to learn more about how to fight these kinds of tactics. Props to them & as always, #freepussyriot. (via Laughing Squid)

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Calls Out Putin, Rallying The People to Boycott Olympics

Nadezhda has become something of a champion for the rights of prisoners during her time in the Russian penal system. While she & her bandmate Maria Alyokhina have been freed under a Kremlin-based amnesty plan, she has spoken out, calling it a publicity stunt designed to help soften Russia’s image abroad in anticipation of the Sochi Olympics. They both are remaining in Russia to fight on behalf of those still imprisoned & to bring awareness to the diabolical shit going on there as the world turns its gaze to see how Putin can manage the anti-gay & anti-international sentiment he’s helped stoke there over the last few years as his grip on the country has tightened. (via HuffPo)