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In Fe­bru­ary 2012 punk group Pussy Riot per­formed in the Rus­sian Ortho­dox cathe­dral Christ the Saviour in Moscow. The per­for­mance was recorded and the video, which went un­der the name Punk prayer – mother of God, chase Putin away!, was up­loaded and spread online. A protest against the ortho­dox church leader's sup­port of Putin dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign, the per­for­mance and video re­sulted in the ar­rest of three mem­bers of the group, who were found guilty of hooli­gan­ism. The mem­bers re­ceived a to­tal sen­tence of six years in prison, how­ever, one of the mem­bers was shortly re­leased. Mean­while, the other two, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokon­nikova, were sent to sep­a­rate pris­ons and re­leased in De­cem­ber 2013. The group is fa- mous for us­ing al­ter egos in in­ter­views and wear­ing bright bal­a­clavas. Their sen­tence was heav­ily crit­i­cised in­ter­na­tion­ally and served as an eye-opened to the grow­ing re­pres­sion and in­creased con­ser­vatism in Rus­sia. The event il­lus­trates a grow­ing in­flu­ence of po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism within art.

Punk group Pussy Riot in Christ the Saviour cathe­dral in Moscow.

Sheikha Almayassa bint Ha­mad althani (left) and Lady Gaga's Art­pop(above).

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