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Pussy Riot ® -- Anti-Kremlin Punks Register As Trademark

Activists in Berlin hold a rally action in support of Pussy Riot.
Activists in Berlin hold a rally action in support of Pussy Riot.
Pussy Riot, the Russian dissident all-female punk group whose trial on "hooliganism" charges made headlines around the world, has announced it will register its name as a trademark.

The news left sympathizers scratching their heads, since the group is known for its radical anticapitalist stance.

The plight of band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich -- sentenced last week to two years in prison for performing a song critical of the Kremlin's ties with the Russian Orthodox Church in a Moscow cathedral -- has sparked a string of support rallies across the globe.

But fans need not worry -- Pussy Riot is not seeking to cash in on its new fame.

On the contrary, Pussy Riot's lawyer Mark Feigin says the group wishes to discourage attempts to use its name to derive profits or promote "questionable" projects that contradict its "ideals and aspirations."

Profits will be tolerated only if the proceeds are used to "further fight the political system's imperfections."

In short, supporters can continue to produce Pussy-Riot-themed items and perform their music for (ahem) a song...


-- Claire Bigg
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by: John Harduny from: Reston, VA, USA
August 22, 2012 15:59
The question is how far the West is determined to go with the support of anti-social and possibly violent forms of political protest in Russia. Will the West support the revival of Russia's tradition of political terrorism the way it supports terrorism in Assad's Syria?
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by: James from: Broadwater, NE, USA
August 25, 2012 10:44
Well, here in the USA with concealed carry laws in many states, trespass (which is what the band would be charged with here) would have been violent all right . . . against them. And supporting terrorism in Syria? What has that to do with this article? Pussy Riot is using aircraft and artillery to bomb and shell residential areas? With their singing? And we support it?

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
August 22, 2012 20:50
Wow, I see the "subversive action" of the three young ladies has paid off: first they get a full-time job for two years in one of the labour camps in Siberia and now they even registered their trademark! I really hope that every time the RFE/RL uses this word combination, it will have to pay 500 Czech crowns to the members of the "punk group" - this way, by the time when the girs have left the camp, they will be millionares :-)!

by: Kolokol
August 22, 2012 22:35
The next thing you know they'll be seen stark naked screaming at passerby like Kony 2012.... oh wait.

by: Yiorgo from: Australia
August 23, 2012 04:09
When islamic radicals can protest/demonstrate in the white house, and/or goose-stepping skinheads can protest/demonstrate their beliefs/ideals in a jerusalem synagogue, and walk away free, then perhaps these women should be afforded the same.. What are the chances..?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
August 24, 2012 11:07
You are asking: "What are the chances?" The chances are zero, Jorge: if the girls wanted to walk away free, they should have organized their action somewhere else - like in Washington or in Jerusalem. But Putin is no joker and it looks like he wanted to show other potential "democracy" promoters that they will not be allowed to destabilize Russia. Und das ist auch gut so!

by: rick
August 25, 2012 14:41
theGUARDIAN

The west's hypocrisy over Pussy Riot is breathtaking

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/21/west-hypocrisy-pussy-riot?newsfeed=true

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