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    January 2, 2016

    How Putin lifted Pussy Riot out of the gutter and onto the world's stage: Russophobia pays!

    "Do Barack Obama, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Danny DeVito, and Madonna know what actions the activists of the peaceful movement for rights and freedoms were organizing before?"
    Indignation, compiled by Tom Winter, January 2, 2015

    Before they were international heroines, whose name gave newscasters the opening to say the word "pussy" right in their broadcasts, they were simply outrageous, and no heroes. Add anti-Putin positions to the mix, and the outrageousness becomes heroism.


    Here is a backgrounder from the German press: "The howling of the Western media about the Russian punk band Pussy Riot is great. But like so much else, the presentation of these "activists" is completely distorted. Pussy Riot have been guilty of crimes that would be punished in this country by a much higher penalty than just two years. 


    "Pussy Riot grew out of the "artists' group" Voina. Both Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, as well as Yekaterina Samutsevich, participated in recent years in actions of "Voina," which consisted, of the members of this "Artgroup" doing such things as copulating in public or bringing out bowel movement in the middle of a grocery store.*

    Carefully cropped screen capture from "Voina" "Performance Art" in a Museum of Natural History.
    Here is a section of the Pravda.Ru broadcast transcript: "In 2008, in one of Moscow's supermarkets, members of Voina were symbolically "executed" by hanging three migrant workers and two homosexuals, one of whom was a Jew. This is Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of this "peaceful" action. And here is the leader of Voina, Oleg Vorotnikov, who feels the pulse on the neck of the victim. Не wanted to make sure that, as he said, "retaliation has taken place." And all this took place in front of visitors of the supermarket.

    "Do Barack Obama, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Danny DeVito and Madonna know - what actions the activists of the peaceful movement for rights and freedoms were organizing before Pussy Riot? 


    "And what would happen with these "artists" — if they symbolically "executed" Jews and homosexuals - in any American store in front of the customers?


    "Director of the Washington Department of Yahoo News David Chelian was fired recently just for a joke about presidential candidate Romney. Yahoo publicly apologized. What would happen, if David Chelian arranged a sex orgy in the Washington Museum, no matter whether it would be for or against candidate Romney?"


    But Pussy Riot's performance, fully clothed, in the Cathedral changed everything. Disrupting Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was nowhere near so disgraceful as some prior deeds, but it was plenty enough to get them bodily removed, arrested, and sentenced for hooliganism, 


    but we add three magic words: Богородица, Путина прогони! 


    and Shazam!



    In English, "Mother of God, put out Putin!"

    And now just look, for instance at a "top story" in English Deutsche Welle

    HUMAN RIGHTS

    Pussy Riot wins Hannah Arendt Prize

    Political punk band, Pussy Riot, has been awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought.
    _______________________________________________________ 
    "Human Rights!" "Political thought"! The West bought it. 

    In Italy, when the Voina founder was arrested in Venice, they were calling him a political refugee, prompting editorials against extraditing him (I think its the clothed man in the screen shot above) Here is one from Le Monde/Huffpo:
    "Oleg Vorotnikov and Natalia Sokol, leaders of the artistic-political group Voina, are political refugees. It is their dissident actions that subject them to persecution and the threat of prison. And we saw the kind of jail that Putin had reserved for their friends in Pussy Riot. The Gulag without a wrinkle. Russia is not a state of law, and the exiles of such authoritarian power must enjoy the protection of Europe."


    Persecution! Let me repeat that: persecution.



    These two were arrested in Venice. The call is to grant them asylum: "Free Oleg, and grant him the right of asylum!"

    And of course, there are luminaries signing like a petition:

    F**k in a museum and Europe will bring the force of all its intelligentsia to your support -- if you follow it up with those magic words Богородица, Путина прогони!

    Shazam! We're human rights heroes now!
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    *"Pussy Riot and Navalny: who the heroes of the German media really are
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