‘Pussy Riot’ faces ‘Orthodoxy or Death’

Religion has always inspired (and at times, monopolized) art. In the case of ‘Riot Pussy’, it is quite the opposite: In February 2012, a performance by the Russian underground all-female punk rock group at the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow proved more than just a provocation. The anonymous masked ladies (reminiscent of Guerrilla Girls) sang and prayed for a divine intervention against Putin’s ascension to power. Three ladies believed to belong to ‘Pussy Riot’ were detained; accused of hooliganism (I thought that was only in soccer!) by the state authorities and of blasphemy by Moscow’s Patriarch; and will face trial this month.

But it does not end here: as a response to Riot Pussy’s performance at the Cathedral, Igor Miroshnichenko (fashion designer and Orthodox / Nationalist hardliner) designed a T-shirt featuring morbid images with the phrase ‘Orthodoxy or Death’ on it.

Now the polemic is doubled:
Will the three ladies thought to be part of ‘Pussy Riots’ be condemned, bearing in mind they did not break, damage or vandalize anything and never called for violence?
Will the T-shirts be banned as extremists (as already ruled by one court)?
We will find out over the coming few days.

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