Pussy Riot’s poetry of protest

(from the video interview below:)
“When I put on my mask, I feel like a person who can do everything. Of course I’m the same person, but this is another part of me who has more courage and which has a strong feeling that what she is doing is right and [that she has] enough power to change something. Enough strength….

“The main concept was to appeal to the Virgin [Mary] because it is considered that the Virgin is the protector of Russia. That is why it was a prayer to the Virgin: she would kick out Putin to protect the political system.

“Dictators and government, [such as] the most supported dictator, Putin, he is very afraid of people, really afraid of them, because they [the people] don’t like them, don’t support them…

“We can show that it’s not so scary to do something and that actions are changing the situation.”

(from Maria Alyokhina’s closing statement:)
“When we talk about Putin, we have in mind first and foremost not Vladimir W.H. Putin, but Putin the system that he himself created. The vertical power whereby all control is carried out effectively by one person. And that vertical power is completely uninterested in the opinion of the masses.”

Some lyrics to the performance protest song “Punk Prayer”:

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, banish Putin, banish Putin,

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, banish him,

Black robes golden epaulettes,

Congregations crawl to bow.

The phantom of liberty is in heaven,

Gay Pride sent to Siberia in chains,

The head of the KGB, their chief saint descends

To guide the punks to prison vans.

To keep from offending His Holiness, Ladies, You must stick to making love and babies….

Virgin Mary, Mother of God: Become a feminist, become a feminist….

Join our protest, Holy Virgin.

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, banish Putin, banish Putin…

See also Democracy Now’s excellent coverage here and here.

The members of Pussy Riot are serious about producing meaningful protest performance, as they explain below:

With three of its members in jail, Pussy Riot has released a new single. The song is set to a montage of Pussy Riot images:

And here is the original protest performance itself:

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