Pussy Riot Releases New Video To Support Moscow Protests

Written by | January 1, 2015 0:08 am | No Comments

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Nadya & Masha

Pussy Riot, or rather their two most famous members, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, have released a video for a new song called ‘The Witches of Pussy Riot Are Cleaning Manezhka’, Manezhka being the name of the square outside the Kremlin where protesters gathered this week.

A Russian court has indeed decided to speed up its verdict regarding the case of Alexey Navalny and to pronounce it on Tuesday. Navalny is a famous opposition leader who has revealed corruption at high level, and spread the news using Twitter. Since, he and his brother have been accused of stealing 30 million rubles ($530,000) from the French cosmetics firm Yves Rocher between 2008 and 2012! So weird! Of course, they have denied but when you go through the Russian court system, you are almost certain to be found guilty, and Navalny was given 3.5 year suspended sentence on Tuesday, whereas his brother was given an actual sentence of 3.5 years in labor colony… Plus at least 250 people were arrested during the protest!

So I am not sure if Pussy Riot’s video could have stopped anything or change anything in the future, but it is sure a very visible way to show an opposition. However, the video shows that the girls have adopted a very different style, gone the balaclavas and the bright colored dresses in the snow! They have glommed up and sexed up, with lipstick, fur and jewelry and the music has turned more ferocious electronic and abandoned their famous raw punk style… Is it their collab with the Tigre? According to what I have read, there are only 4 words repeated over and over, ‘Clean. Honest. Word. Deed’, they are joined by opposition activist Maria Baronova and journalist and LGBT activist Elena Kostyuchenko, and they bring the witch brooms at the end!

Tolokonnikova said in a statement: ‘This is above all a propaganda video. We’re calling on people to follow the example of the witches and come out onto Manezhka and fly in the direction of the Kremlin.’ … ‘In this way, it’s a play on the classic stereotype that for girls/princesses/Cinderellas, the most important thing is a prince/date/man, and the place of the prince is taken by politics’.

It is weird because the comments, even after going though Google’s bad translating system – as they are in Russian of course – are far from being positive, and the video got more dislikes than likes! These Russians are complicated…

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