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Pussy Riot, a punk Russian all-girl band performing against Putin

When I heard about this band's moniker, I thought these girls had to be interesting, and I was right. The all-girl Russian band is indeed quite a vision and gives back all its original meaning to the term punk. Born out of protest against Vladimir Putin’s decision to return to the presidency, the talented females are using music to riot against political corruption and the state’s monopoly on the media.

 

The music is of course angry and violent, and the lyrics directly directed at Putin (I just have to believe the media on that one, because I don’t speak of word of Russian). The 8 to 10 members perform masked to protect their identities, in unexpected places, as they did last month, daring to improvise a concert in front of St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, opposite the Kremlin. They sang songs like ‘Revolt in Russia, Putin’s got scared’ or ‘Putin wets his pants’ for only a few minutes before the authorities intervened and arrested them for unauthorized political demonstration. It seems that punk is not dead after all, at least it is well alive in Russia!

 The Russian girls believe revolution should be done by women because, as they told the Guardian, ‘For now, they don't beat us or jail us as much. There's a deep tradition in Russia of gender and revolution – we've had amazing women revolutionaries.’

 Watch them playing while wearing summery neon-colored dresses and masks in the cold snow! They have become the furious Russian middle finger to Putin’s politic. Meanwhile, the Russian presidential election will be held on March 4th and Putin is expected to win of course.

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