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“So Listen To Us Finally!” Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot Collective Open Statement Release, Feb 6, 2014
(English version via Global RevolutionOriginal Russian version here)

We, the anonymous participants of Pussy Riot, would like to say a huge thank you to all who supported us during this time, those who demanded the release of our participants, those who sympathized with us and share our ideology. We are very grateful to you all, we deeply appreciate and have respect of everyone who contributed to the overall support of the collective of Pussy Riot in this difficult period of time for us.

And our efforts were not in vain: Putin still had to bend to the pressure of international public opinion and give freedom to Nadya and Masha.

So, on 23 of December was for us a real treat — Liberation Day of prisoners of conscience and the victory of the freedom of the entire collective of Pussy Riot.

But Amnesty is certainly not the limit of our dreams. We demand justice – the complete abolition of the sentence and the recognition of the illegal case against Pussy Riot. And we hope that the restoration of justice happens February 21 – the anniversary of our fervent words stated inside the CCS with the song “Dear Mary, Mother of God, Chase Putin Away, Banish Him!”.

We are very excited about the release of Masha and Nadya. We are proud of their resistance against the harsh trials that they endured, their determination by all means and continuation of struggle began during their stay in the colonies.

Unfortunately for us, they are so deeply involved with the problems in Russian prisons, they seemed to completely forgot about the aspirations and ideals of our group: feminism, separatist resistance struggle against authoritarianism and the cult of personality, because they have faced this unjust punishment.

It’s no secret that Masha and Nadya have left the group, and will no longer be joining in on actions. Now they are engaged in a new project. Now they are protecting the rights of prisoners.

And as many of you know, human rights is incompatible with radical political statements and provocative art-works that raises the conflict topics in contemporary society. As well as, gender conformity is not compatible with radical feminism.

Human rights work cannot afford to be in a spotlight of criticism under rules and regulations that underlie the modern devices of a patriarchal society, because it is an institutional part of society and may not go beyond the established rules within.

Yes we lost two friends, two ideological fellow members, but the world has acquired two brave, interesting, controversial human rights defenders – fighters for the rights of prisoners in Russian prisons.

Unfortunately, we can not congratulate them with this event in person because they refuse to have any contact with us in our World. But we look on at their choice and sincerely wish them success in their new endeavors.

At the moment we are seeing an outrageous conflict for us also:
on the one hand Nadya and Masha now have huge media attention and attention of the international community, they can give their public opinion at press conference to a crowd of journalists, people hear each word, but so far no one hears them and what they say.

In almost every interview they repeat that they have left the group, they no longer represent Pussy Riot, and are acting on their own behalf and that they would no longer pursue provocative art actions etc. But article headlines so far appear with the name of the group, all of their public appearances announces them as Pussy Riot and announcements of withdrawal by them is interpreted as termination of the activities of the entire group of Pussy Riot, ignoring the fact that at the pulpit and solea there were not two but five women wearing Balaclavas and at the initial meeting was our full participants of eight.

The conclusions of misunderstandings was the announcement of their acceptance speech for Amnesty International as the first legal performance of Pussy Riot in a concert at the Barklay Center in New York, which in itself is simply outrageous, after all, everyone knows that Pussy Riot never speaks at legal concert venues, with a preliminary advertisement of appearance.

In addition, on the Billboard of the event, instead of the names of Nadya and Masha was an image of a man in a balaclava with and electric guitar and under the inscription Pussy Riot and organizers cleverly advertised for people to buy expensive tickets.

All this is contrary to the principles of the Pussy Riot:
*We are a women’s separatist group, so a man can not be representative of on a Billboard or in real life;
*We are left anti-capitalist ideology and therefore we never take money for views of works, all performance clips are distributed free of charge on the Internet and audience performances are always done by seemingly random people and more importantly, we do not sell tickets to a “show”.
*Only illegal irregular appearances and performances in unexpected places, not at expected and intended for actions in public places and share pieces and clips of actions – on open public sources.

We are anonymous because we oppose the cult of personality, against the emerging hierarchy, including on the grounds of external data, age or other social characteristics. We cover our faces because we are against the use of a woman’s face as a brand for the promotion of any goods or services.

Combining the image of a protest feminist punk band and law-abiding defenders spoils the image both for us and the new role of Nadya and Masha.

So hear them finally!

Please treat them with respect for their choice.

Since we now find ourselves with Nadya and Masha on opposite sides, disconnect us. Remember, we’re not Nadya and Masha, they are no longer Pussy Riot.

The Collective, “Free Pussy Riot” has ended and now we, as a collective provocative artist group, have the ethical right to preserve art practice, name and visual identity apart from other organizations.

Anonymous Pussy Riot:
Cat, Garaja, Fara, Puck, Seraph and Shumaker”
Blog of the feminist punk band PUSSY RIOT: February 6th, 2014, posted 02:59 am

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