Pussy Riot Release Vladimir Putin Protest Music Video
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.20.2014
Putin will teach you how to love your motherland...
Billboard reports that Pussy Riot have released the music video for "Putin Will Teach You How to Love Your Motherland", which was shot in Sochi. The band arrived over the weekend and have been filming around town all week, even after the authorities interfered several times and even detained members on multiple occasions. They were whipped by Cossacks militia while shooting outside the Olympic venue.
The video features recently released from prison members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. They were wearing ski masks while getting attacked by the Cossacks. Pussy Riot planned to reveal the video at a press conference this morning, but Cinema for Peace and The Voice Project (who are working with them), as the hotel canceled 30 minutes before it started, claiming a pipe burst. The band then held it on the street outside.
The lyrics contain refereneces to the anti-Putin protests in Moscow from May 6, 2012, which resulted in activists being arrested. It criticizes Russian authorities for holding political prisoners, and does so at the Sochi Olmypics, which Putin has tried to use to improve the country's image.
A statement from the band's website said: "Freedom to all political prisoners of the May 6 case, to the [jailed] environmentalist Yevgeny Vitishko and all other political prisoners!"
The site also says protesters should show up outside a Moscow court on Friday, the day the verdict from the May 6 case will be announced.
Doctors at a Sochi clinic said that the musicians' injuries were not severe and didn't need medical treatment. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said that the governor of the Krasnodar region apologized for the attack. He said he "found the pictures and the video very unsettling."
He added: "It's a shame if the Olympics is used as a political platform. We saw the strong feelings, on both sides, these things can provoke."