Pussy Riot is made up of around 12 to 14 members and aim to use shock techniques to get their point across. Although, you would have had to have disappeared for a while to have missed all that! Ever since this arose in the news I have been quite interested. As one for Freedom of Speech and “all that”, I was naturally shocked by their treatment. Although twist of events as now one has been freed.
I was reading an article a few days ago and it mentioned other protests they had made. Apparently they staged a protest in 2008 in a supermarket where they inserted raw chicken into their vagina, furthermore they painted a massive penis on the St. Petersburg bridge. When they sang their Punk Prayer in the Moscow cathedral, I could see why they did that. They were trying to highlight the relationships between the Russian Orthodox Church and President’s Putin. They got two years for their 40 seconds for “hoolagism motivated by religious hatred”. Singing in a cathedral to show this though, you can understand…it relates! However the other two, I don’t see how! I do admire their bravery though, as it is very easy for people to complain about the authority and even to say they would stand up for something but whether they actually would be completely different.
I’m not going to come out and say that Russia was wrong for imprisoning them because the women involved were perfectly aware of the risks that they faced by insighting these protests, although it does have a very dystopian feel to it. And President Putin has said they “got what they asked for”. This case has made me wonder though how many democracies would face this situation. They may not imprison those involved but I can see England or America being particularly happy if a similar thing happened. Picture this, an Islamic group want to do a similar protest in America in a Church, or even want to burn remembrance poppies. The whole country gets really angry and say words to the effect of “they shouldn’t be here if they do not like it”. But really they are only standing up for something that they perceive to be wrong. Like I said, it’s merely shock-tactics…and guess what it worked! Therefore it is all very well the rest of the world saying that “it is completely wrong to have imprisoned them” but really in the situation they wouldn’t have encouraged it either.
I think that Pussy Riot were bold for doing what they did but they knew they couldn’t get away with it and so therefore Madonna and the like saying that they should be freed is somewhat futile. It must be nice for them to know that they have the support of many around the world but will Putin honestly see Madonna performing “FREE PUSSY” marker-penned down her arm and think “you know what, maybe I was wrong!” No. And honestly should countries just as bad, but in different aspects, really be trying to change their legislation. When many innocent people were being held in Guantanamo Bay where Russia busy telling Americans how they were being unfair and prejudice, no. All I am saying do corrupt countries have the right to judge another corrupt countries? It’s almost the acceptance that “yes we are corrupt but we are not as corrupt as you!”.