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Russian female punk band arrested for performing anti-Putin song — Gene Sharp at work in Moscow?

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This story bears all the hallmarks of Gene Sharp’s destabilizing “Methods of Nonviolent Action“:

Russian police detained a punk group on Friday after they performed a protest song criticising Vladimir Putin next to Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

Eight members of an all-girl punk group called Pussy Riot wearing brightly coloured mini-dresses and balaclavas climbed over railings onto a stone platform next to the cathedral to sing a song called Putin Has P***** Himself.

Russian police stood by while the band performed the song before detaining all the members and taking them to the nearby Kitai-Gorod police station.

Four members were later charged with the non-criminal public order offences and disobeying police, carrying a maximum punishment of 15 days behind bars, according to one band member who uses the nickname Garadzha Matveyeva.

In December the band gave a roof-top concert next to the police cell where protest leader and blogger Alexei Navalny was serving a short sentence.

They have also performed in the Moscow metro.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

January 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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