remember pussy riot

remember pussy riot cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

“Remember Pussy Riot” (by nakedpastor David Hayward)

It’s been over a year since the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot appealed to the virgin Mary in protest against Putin before the congregation in a key Orthodox Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. Their protest lasted 42 seconds before they were arrested.

Two of the women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, are still in remote Russian prisons notorious for their harsh conditions.

I was reading up on them today and felt the urgency of reminding ourselves of their plight. I admire the women for their courage and prophetic voice.

I’ve done other cartoons of them with commentary here, here, and here.

You can read more about them, with links to news articles, here.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://twitter.com/jncatron Joe Catron

    Why do I suspect that if they came and disrupted your church by singing “Holy, holy shit of God,” you might regard their “courage and prophetic voice” somewhat differently?

  • Gary

    So Joe I am curious now. Do you believe they belong in prison for protesting? Because your comment would seem to suggest they they deserved what they got.

  • http://nakedpastor.com David Hayward

    joe: i wouldn’t compare them praying for Putin to be removed with singing meaningless empty profanities.

  • Helen

    Thanks for bringing Pussy Riot to remembrance again David. They highlight one awful reality of Putin’s Russia – if you go against the State you’ll join the cohort of detractors, and those perceived as threats, in the gulags. The country has a history of protecting the State and its elites and it’s grevious that power has been grasped at the cost of the abdication of the protection and care of its citizenry.
    I heard Professor Rajmohan Gandhi speak recently (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) and his voice broke and he cried when trying to relate those who died in the 1947 partition – of whom most were extremely poor and died nameless.
    That we would remember and advocate for those who are incarcerated unjustly – the ones we know of, as well as those who are nameless and faceless.

  • http://twitter.com/jncatron Joe Catron

    Gary, I’m not in favor of imprisoning anyone who doesn’t pose a direct physical threat to society. But considering that my own country is, far and away, the worst offender in this regard, I see little reason to go inquiring after the laws some other country maintains against disrupting religious services. Plenty of people are sitting in American churches for stupider reasons. And while many US citizens seem to imagine that someone convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” would get off lighter here, they’re wrong in the cases of numerous states.

    Now what Russians, whose proper business the Russian penal code actually is, think might surprise you:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2012/07/31/what-do-russians-think-about-pussy-riot-the-answer-might-surprise-you


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