Pussy Riot Research Paper

2469 Words Dec 18th, 2013 10 Pages
Three members of the Russian punk-rock rebel band, Pussy Riot, have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Putin protest. The official reason for their incarceration has been officially listed as “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred (1).” The sentence has sparked intense global support for Pussy Riot, as well as increased opposition against the Russian government. The all-female band performed this protest in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral. After blessing themselves with the sign of the cross, the members, dressed in vibrantly colored masks, bowed towards the alter and videotaped a “punk prayer.” Their song called to Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin. The resulting video, titled …show more content…
The B.B.C article seems focused on this face of the post-Pussy Riot reaction. It continues to report, quoting opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who exclaimed, “[t]hey are in jail because of Putin’s personal revenge. This verdict was written by Vladimir Putin.” The same source also takes note of Amnesty International’s opinion on the matter. Freedom of expression in Russia took a “bitter blow” said the organization. U.S. state department spokesman Victoria Nuland was also quoted as having remarked, “We urge Russian authorities to review this case and ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld.” The Huffington Post article (3), titled “Defend the Riot: Pussy Riot’s Global Revolution,” further examines what Americans would perceive as a violation of rights. It argues that Pussy Riot, along with the people they’re speaking for, should have “the right to speak freely and practice one's religion as they see fit -- all notions that have become synonymous with our nation yet underappreciated by recent generations of American citizens.” Taken for granted by some Americans perhaps, but the jailing of an all-female Russian punk band has more than revived the global insistence for freedom of speech. The article predicts that “Pussy Riot has become one of the most influential artists of our generation.” Due to their newfound status as political revolutionaries,

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