PUSSY RIOT'S ARREST IN MOSCOW
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.
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