Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot still fighting

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Two of the members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk rock band, are still in remote Russian prisons. One of those members, Maria Alyokhina, 24, began her hunger strike after being barred from attending her own parole hearing recently.

They have been in prison since August, 2012, charged with “hooliganism”. Putin says that they must be imprisoned to “protect the faithful”.

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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://forthisisthetime.com/ Esther Aspling

    I’m not saying they should ignore the injustice and all, but doesn’t one or more of them have a child?

    At what point does your cause become more important than your own children?

    http://forthisisthetime.com/

  • klhayes

    The faithful must be a weak bunch if they need this type of “protection.” Can you imagine if they start thinking for themselves…oh the horror!

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    they are definitely being made an example of. don’t cross Putin.

  • Joe Catron

    Oh, rubbish. If you’d done five seconds worth of research, you’d know that Putin had called for leniency.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/03/pussy-riot-trial-vladimir-putin

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    i see you’ve done your 5 seconds. i haven’t done 5 seconds of research, but much much more. but you’re allowed your opinion as well. mine stands with Pussy Riot’s stand for those they advocate for and those they protest against.

  • Andrew O’Brien

    Are you aware of what actually happens at a Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy? Because you know who is aware? Pussy Riot. This wasn’t some evangelical concert/prayer service they were disrupting. They were making an absolute mockery of the Crucifixion and offending the deepest sensibilities of the faithful who gathered.

    Now perhaps the penalty was too severe (I would have slapped them with a fine and no prison time) but these young women knew exactly what they were doing and they know what country they live in. So, while I disagree with the punishment, I really don’t feel bad for them.

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    I’m not talking about the crime. And she didn’t hunger strike because of the crime either, but because of her being barred from her own parole hearing. The punishment is completely over the top for the crime. You agree. Yet you don’t feel sorry for them? I don’t get it.

  • Adam Julians

    I just hope the girls end up being OK. Don’t like to think of them wasting away.

    Ironc that Marx said: ‘Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.’ And that it is religion along with pilitics that is be portrayed as opressive. Maybe punk rock is the new religion in Russia.

  • Adam Julians

    Maybe ther punk prayer for Putin has resulted in him calling for lenainacy and they will all end up in an nice cuddle.

    Hey punk, the new religion – cool. Takes me back to the ’70′s! :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6GDdKrQ8EI

    Good to see the rest of the world is imitating Britain – like it does with a lot of good things that come fomr the UK haha.

  • Adam Julians

    Good point abot the mockery being made of the crucifixion and offending the deepest senseibilities of thoe faithful who gathered. Putin siad “there is nothing good in this”.

    Whatever Pussy Riot’s beef was aboult politics and religion, they shot themselves in the foot with desecrating the church with a mockery of the crucifixion. I woudn’t feel bad for them for getting just punisment for that. Though the punisment does appear to be disproportionate and Putin’s appela for leaniancy the right thing to do.

    Perhaps Putin is looking good as a result of this, Which I doubt was Pussy Riot’s intention as a result of thier protest.

  • Adam Julians

    Yup and Pussy Riot as you say are a feminist, as you have delcared yourself to be David.

    The worldview that you have as you have eplained it (correct me if I am wrong) asserts that men are in positions of power, and often don’t realise the power that they have and misuse for opression.

    Significant factors in you not getting where Andrew is coming from would you not agree?

  • Adam Julians

    Good point Esther.

  • Brigitte Mueller

    Can someone just tell me what the women were protesting against exactly by disturbing the church? In the Ukraine, I see, some where protesting against the sex trade. It seems to vary by location.

    Under communism the church was severely persecuted and many ended up in the gulag, in psychiatric hospitals and dead for being dissidents, i.e. true martyrs, who paid with their very lives. Lately the church seems too closely allied to the Russian government. Is that it? What have Putin and the Russian Orthodox church to do with each other and how is this going wrong? Sorry, I’ve not kept up with that.

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    I’ve tried to keep up Brigette. Here is a link to posts of mine which have links to articles in them. They were protesting Putin’s autocratic rule over Russia by praying to Mary to remove him from power. Hope this helps.

  • Brigitte Mueller

    I think you forgot to link it.

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor
  • Andrew O’Brien

    So her beef is with the government… Ok. Then I don’t understand your picture at all. If her beef is with the Government, then why is the Russian Orthodox Church the villain in your drawing? You will have to explain it to me.

    Feelings are just feelings. Not always rooted in reason. My mind tells me there is something wrong here, but I just find it hard to FEEL bad for them – perhaps because I find Pussy Riot to be repugnant through and through. I don’t like ugliness and their protest was completely ugly.

    The bottom line is these women knew what they were doing and they know they live in Russia – a place known to have very severe punishment for crimes. What the heck did they expect? Pussy Riot is a victim of the Russian Government, but they are a victim first and foremost of their own stupidity. Sorry I have a rough time empathizing.

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    Well, not simply the government now. The church’s complicity with the government was made even more apparent by their demonstration.


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