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Controversy Remains In Post-Pussy Riot Russia

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Pussy Riot (Wikipedia/Igor Mukhin)

In mid-August, three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for "hooliganism driven by religious hatred" after a controversial impromptu performance in one of Moscow’s major Christian Orthodox cathedrals. But the story of the all-female collective isn’t over yet. Since their verdict was handed down, the rift between Christian Orthodox activists and Pussy Riot supporters has grown.

Robert Mackey, who reports for and edits the New York Times blog The Lede explains more about how this story is unfolding. 

This video, featuring members of Pussy Riot who are not currently serving jail sentences, was posted on YouTube today. It thanks bands like Madonna and Green Day for their support.

This next video was taken in February 2012. It's the original footage from Pussy Riot's masked performance at Moscow's Christ the Savior cathedral. You can also watch an edited montage of this footage set to the recording of the song that the band members are singing here

This next video, posted last week, shows a well-known Christian Orthodox activist ripping a Pussy Riot t-shirt off of a man's back. 

Guests:

Robert Mackey

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