Russian Feminist Punk Band Pussy Riot Crash Moscow Cathedral With 5-Minute Show


Pussy Riot, who have quickly won over our feminist hearts here at BUST, staged yet another surprise performance yesterday--this time at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. In their usual attire of neon face-obscuring balaclavas (as well as neon everything else), they managed to slip past security long enough to play their song "Holy Shit."

The obvious criticism of their performance was that it was planned for publicity's sake. Boris Yakemenko, the leader of a youth movement called "Orthodox Body," said to Russian news site Izvestiya, "Any filth is always more visible against a clean background. If they had done this in a brothel, nobody would have noticed."

Well, duh. Visibility is precisely what the anti-Kremlin band is after. How does any group ever manage to enact change by sitting at home and muttering to themselves about the injustices of the world? Even though each member of Pussy Riot is sworn to anonymity, they are committed to this because "it shows we can be anybody," one of them told the Guardian. As it were, much of the band formed after many of them met at political demonstrations, protesting against the government's corruption, state monopoly of the media, and the banned gay pride marches. 

Apparently, they don't beat or jail women as much in Russia, and Pussy Riot is taking advantage of that. And with some thirty members in the group--all female--they are confident that by continuing to pull these surprise stunts, they'll spur a necessary revolution among the youth in Russia.

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Pussy Riot, Russian All-Girl Punk Band, Surprises Moscow Cathedral With Performance [Huffington Post]