Sunday, August 19, 2012

Riot who?

My American friend in England left me a message yesterday - she and her mother were talking about a punk band in Russia getting two years in prison for staging a protest against Putin (there's "glastnost" for you) and her mom said, "Can you believe that about Riot Kitty?"

My friend: "You mean Pussy Riot."
Her mom: "Oh right! Your friend's blog was in my head." (Hi, Annette.)
Mon dieu! I hope she has not read the posts about sex toys. 

But seriously, how fucking outrageous is it that three women have been in jail since March, and now face two years in prison, for protesting the "president" (read: dictator who rigs elections) in an empty church. The head of the church and many of its clerics support the sentence, by the way. Shouldn't this same church be glad they're able to openly practice their religion (e.g. free speech), which was similarly outlawed for several decades? Not to mention the sexism of the case: the presiding (female) judge, Marina Syrova, who handed down the sentence "accused" them of "practicing feminism."

Vladimir Putin, Marina Syrova, and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, you can suck it. You can't hold down democracy forever.

(Blogger, you can suck it also. This formatting is totally fucked up.)


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Riot Kitty, I'll send you a care package with a file in it. Be strong.

The Elephant's Child said...

Feminizt kitteh rocks.
And yes, I saw that and though 'how completely outrageous'. And no-one in the country will speak up for fear of sharing the same fate. I am hoping that Amnesty International takes up the cudgels for these women. Grrr and Aaargh.

Anonymous said...

I heard about this. Free Pussy Riot!

Lynn said...

I just saw that last night - I agree, that's crazy.

A Beer for the Shower said...

I read about this, too. Just ridiculous. Their official charge: hooliganism. Really? What is this, 19th century England?

wigsf3 said...

It's a publicity stunt.

Claire said...

Feminizt kitteh FTW.

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John McElveen said...

RK-- Hiya Gal! Great post and I love the line about you can't hold democracy down forever!

Will be seeing you regularly again!



Granny Annie said...

Why didn't they burn them at the stake?