Who is Next? Pussy Riot Found Guilty

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Pussy Riot Found Guilty

Today I wanted to draw some attention to the recent events in Russia where three women of the punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to 2 years of prison. The band, whose music is relatively tamed compared to some American and British punk, sang a “punk hymn” in a Russian Orthodox church and attracted the ire of the Russian government. For more background information on the trial itself is widely available on the Internet so I will not spend time giving it. What is more interesting to me is how revealing this situation has been of a few things in the current geopolitical climate. Foremost, it shows that punk, which once attracted some condemnation in the US and UK in the 1970/80s but is now fairly tame, remains a potential means of initiating a conversation about political disenfranchisement and social inequity elsewhere. There have been other notable events similar to this one that happened in Indonesia and Singapore that I would encourage readers to research. I think what garnered so much attention in this particular instance is the fact that the defendants are females speaking out against the Russian government. It seems wherever females rise up against oppression, be it in Russia, Afghanistan, Egypt, or the US, their movements are confronted with violence and sexism. How can we do such terrible things towards individuals who represent a majority in the world? Would you do those things to your mother, your sister, or girlfriend?

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