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around the world as supporters gether non-eiste44n the polio-,-Riot-
PUSSYRIOT and detractors rallied to the cause. cal discourse. What's replaced Thet
From Page 1A The Russian government charged this, enhancedbyPutin, is Russian rangi
members of Pussy Riot with crimi- nationalism. ladies
nal hooliganism and handed down Tolokonnikova had this same on p
rather to discuss their work, Rus- heavy sentences in whatmany saw observation. were
sian culture and Zona Prava, their as a politically charged trial. "Putin was really trying hard tary{
recently created prisoners' rights Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina to create this mythology of this durin
non-governmental organization. served just over a year in Russian common Russian man from the "
Pussy Riot has not released a jails before being released under Ural mountain who uncondition- Putin
single album. In fact, their punk a new amnesty law in late 2013. ally believes in Putin and wants Vowe
rock songs consist mostly of yell- During their imprisonment, they to chase critically thinking people Riot:
ing in Russian over instrumentals received sympathy from individu- out of the country," Tolokonniko- the si
that are "badly recorded, based als and institutions around the va said. On
on simple riffs," according to one world; including Madonna, Paul "This is what I call Putin's most
Associated Press review. McCartney, the German Parlia- war against his own people," she "Pun
They have seven songs and five ment and Hillary Clinton. added. Drive
videos, all targeting Russian Presi- "It touched all the wrong nerves Back in the Michigan Theater, get-u
dent Vladimir Putin and the poor of the Orthodox Church and of the the audience thanked the many and1
state of women's and LGBT rights ruling elite and offended lots of sponsors for hosting Pussy Riot their
in Russia. It's their illegally held people in the general population at the University. The two women storm
concerts - and their lyrics - that as well," Ronald Grigor Suny, the came as part of the Penny W. ands
have caused their international Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor Stamps Distinguished Speaker the O
fame. of Social and Political History, said Series. Sponsors included the "V
Their most famous protest act, in an interview with The Michi- Weiser Center for Emerging becon
which took place in a reserved ganDaily. Democracies, the Institute for nist,I
space within the Russian Ortho- Suny added that the women Research on Women and Gender, in ma
dox Cathedral of Christ the Sav- challenge Russia's growing con- Michigan Radio, WUOM 91.7 FM fromi
for in Moscow - a symbol of the servative element. With the fall of and Arts @ Michigan. During the Le
Orthodox Church's resurgence in the Soviet Union, ideologies like reading of this list, Tolokonnikova churc
the post-Soviet era - in February Communism, Socialism and even poked her green-and-brown- nent
2012 caused waves in Russia and Liberalism are unsavory or alto- haired head from behind the cur- Orth
tains, evoking giggles and whoops the g
from the audience. phem
Parents W k d 2014 Before the two women came was1
on stage, a video played of Pussy konn
4pm, A ge// Hal/E(AHEc/torium A)
1Open to the Public

performing.around Russia
compilation showed reactions
ing from wizened church
s waggingtheir finger to full-
olice brutality; the women
horse-whipped by paramili-
Cossacks on patrol in Sochi
g the 2014 Winter Olympics.
hate everything about what
stands for," LSA junior Evan
ell said at the talk. "But Pussy
represents the oppressed and
lent citizen in Russia."
e clip showed Pussy Riot's,
infamous performance:
k Prayer: Mother of God,
e Putin Away." In theirtypical
p of sleeveless dresses, tights
balaclavas covering all but,
eyes and mouths, Pussy Riot,
sed two Moscow churches
sang in protest of Putin and
)rthodox Church.
irgin Mary, Mother of God,
me a feminist, become a femi-
become a feminist,"theysang
ock-chorus. It elicited laughs
the Ann Arbor audience.
ss laughter came from the
ch and government. Promi-
members of the Russian
odox Church demanded that
overnment punish their blas-
ty. Nine days after the video
published, Alyokhina, Tolo-
ikova and a third member

of Pussy Riot'made inernational -Alyokhina said e nydfher
headlines in March 2012 when fellow female prisoners had
two members were arrested. suffered partner abuse. They
Suny said protestis legal inRus- responded to the abuse with vio-
sia, but it can be trounced upon lence, and then were imprisoned
just like protests in the United for assault.
States. More acceptable ways "There are actually thousands
for Russian women to complain of those women in Russian pris-
about the government, he said, are ons," Alyokhina said. "And it
through writing newspaper col- should be known that there is
umns, organizing political groups absolutely no domestic violence
or petitioningthe government. law in Russia."
"There are ways for women to Indeed, much of their dis-
get their voices heard," Suny said. cussion revolved around their
"Whether they are listened to - activism for prisoners' rights.
that's another thing." The women were imprisoned in
"We have red lines beyond a corrective labor colony, where
which starts the destruction of prisoners are forced to work
the moral foundations of our soci- while serving their sentence. In
ety," Putin said in Oct. 2012. "If a Sept. 2013 letter published by
people cross this line they should The Guardian, Tolokonnikova
be made responsible in line with describes working up to 17 hours
the law." a day in a sewing shop for almost
LSA senior:Hannah Crisler said seven days a week.
their actions against the Russian Friday, the women will meet
government were commendable. with two local prisoners' rights
"Because the Russian govern- activists: Lisa Greco, director
ment and Putin have such power of the Washtenaw County Chil-
and control over their citizens, it's dren's Services Department, and
so refreshing and honorable that Heather Wilson, director of the
Pussy Riot rebels against them," Youth Arts Alliance. Both groups
Crisler said. "Even though at times work to rehabilitate those in the
they are extreme, which they are juvenile justice system through
on purpose, they have created creative arts.
enough noise to be recognized "These kids are writingamaz-
around the world. They're creat- ing poetry," Greco said in an
lng global awareness and push interview with the Daily. "They
others to do something in order are articulating things that we
for change." have to understand as reality,
Alyokhina and Tolokonniko- like drugs and violence. We can
va's entrance was received with really hear what they're saying.
loud applause and whoops. They We get to see what kids are really
were accompanied by Chrisstina feeling, they're writing it, they're
Hamilton, the director of Visi- drawing it, they're singingit."
tors Programs at the School of Art Zona Prava, Alyokhina and
& Design, who coordinates the Tolokonnikova's prisoners'
Penny W. Stamps Distinguished rights group, embraces this idea
Lecture Series and led the dis- of allowing typically silenced
cussion, and a Russian to English groups to express themselves.
translator. The women spoke pri- Their group promotes freedom
marily in Russian, making a few of expression, along with legal
statements in English. aid for incarcerated Russians.
The women's wits survived the "I am just hoping to under-
translation to English, and laugh- stand a bit more about the dif-
ter was frequent. ferences in the way that we are
"To be honest, the art from the working on social justice in our
conservative side can sometimes respective communities and
also be incredibly artistic and countries," Greco said. "I am
good,' Tolokonnikova said sarcas- hoping to understand that in
tically. "For example, when I was both directions."
in prison I was incredibly inspired Zona Prava provides prison-
by an action which took place in ers with legal consultation over
the Russian city of St. Petersberg, the phone, investigates deaths in
a slogan that read, 'We are against prisons and assists in filing suits
oral sek."' against prison administrations
Other effects of Russia's con- on behalf of wronged inmates.
servative turn were less jovial. See PUSSYRIOT, Page 5A

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