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Pussy Riot Crashes Olympics With New Song

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right) and Maria Alyokhina (center), and a masked Pussy Riot activist are pictured during a news conference held outside a hotel in a park in Sochi on February 20.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right) and Maria Alyokhina (center), and a masked Pussy Riot activist are pictured during a news conference held outside a hotel in a park in Sochi on February 20.
Pussy Riot has crashed Putin's games, shouting out in a new video shot in Sochi that punks are not dead in Russia.

"Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland" opens with scenes of waves quietly lapping up on the shores of the Black Sea resort town, host of the Winter Olympics. But the tranquility ends quickly when the performance art group orchestrates a beach landing to use the Russia's $50 billion showpiece as a platform for protest.



The video is Pussy Riot's first to feature Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina since the two were released from prison in late December. President Vladimir Putin himself granted the amnesty, in what was widely seen as an attempted act of forgiveness for the 2012 anti-Putin protest that landed them in prison in the first place.

The video makes clear that Pussy Riot has no intention of packing up its multicolored balaclavas and biting lyrics. Members of the group don their trademark outfits and attack Putin on human rights, media suppression, judicial and constitutional failures, and his use of police force to maintain order.

The video also vividly shows the bloody consequences -- with members of the group absorbing blows from the horse whips and batons of Cossack militia and police providing security in Sochi.

The Olympic Games are a direct target of the song's lyrics, with references to two controversial torchbearers who participated in the opening ceremonies -- former Olympians Irina Rodnina, who has come under fire for a racist tweet about U.S. President Barack Obama, and Alina Kabayeva, long rumored to be Putin's lover.

"A two-assed toilet," a lyrical reference to a viral image from Sochi of two barrier-free toilets standing next to each other, mocks the billions Putin spent on the Winter Games in an effort to impress the world.

"For TV Rain they've shut down the airwaves," refers to the Kremlin's effort to silence new media like the private Dozhd TV.

"Vitishko's in prison" highlights the cause of Yevgeny Vitishko, an activist who was given a three-year prison term for using spray paint to highlight the environmental damage caused by Sochi construction projects.

"Prison for May 6" refers to the "Bolotnaya" case, which centered on the arrest of participants involved in May 6, 2012, anti-Kremlin protests.

And "Spring to Russia comes suddenly.... Hello to the messiah as a shot from Avrora," links one of the icons of the October Revolution -- the cruiser "Avrora," whose shot signaled the assault on the Winter Palace in 1917 -- to, well, you be the judge.

Here are the lyrics, as translated on the Pussy Riot YouTube link:

50 billion and a gay-driven rainbow,
Rodnina and Kabaeva will pass you those flames
In prison they will teach you how to obey
Salut to all bosses, hail, duce!

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

Sochi is blocked - Olympic surveillance
Special forces, weapons, crowds of cops
FSB is an argument, the police is an argument State tv will run your applause.

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

Spring to Russia comes suddenly
Hello to the messiah as a shot from Avrora
The prosecutor will put you down
Give him some reaction and not those pretty eyes

A cage for the protests, vodka, matrioshka
Prison for May 6, more vodka and caviar
The Constitution is lynched, Vitishko's in prison
Stability, the prison meal, the fence and the watchtower

For TV Rain they've shut down the airwaves
They took gay pride down the washroom
A two-ass toilet - a priority
Sentence to Russia, medium security, 6 years

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

The motherland
The motherland
The motherland


-- Michael Scollon

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by: Anonymous
February 20, 2014 15:29
Right on

by: rik warren from: atlanta
February 20, 2014 15:36
These women are inspirational. I hope they remain unbowed and unbroken.
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by: eric siverson from: usa
February 25, 2014 22:42
I think these girls charged to the front of a church and took over , I like them , but I think they would be arrested even if they had Bill Clinton with them . It was called habitual trespassing . they would even be arrested in Reno Nevada for performing without a invitation in every Church . I think they get paid from America to prove to the world Putin is bad .
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by: rik warren from: atlanta
February 26, 2014 18:15
Its also called social protest, is non violent and speaks to their beliefs.

As far as payment from US, that is a stretch, but I assume you have some basis for your indictment? beyond paranoia?

As far a Putin looking bad, he needs no help; brutal suppression of dissent is OK with you? The evidence is online for all to see.

by: Tom
February 20, 2014 16:00
Day by day these women become more and more disgusting. Sorry talentless hacks, you are not opposition, no one supports you in Russia. Go back doing p0rn while pregnant, Tolokonnikova.
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by: John Taylor from: USA
February 20, 2014 19:56
Tom, if you cannot hear what Pussy Riot is saying you are not qualified to be a music critic, the majority is not always right, and there are many ugly names I could use against you, but none of this addresses the point Pussy Riot is making: Russia is sinking back into the swamp of dictatorship. Please try to comment on the real issue, anything less is merely useless noise.

by: Patty Brown from: NY state
February 20, 2014 16:30
The IOC is complaining about their "politicization" of the Olympics, but that's the pot calling the kettle black - they already made them a platform Vladimir Putin's personal political agenda and ambitions, so letting his opposition speak as well seems fair.

by: John Taylor from: USA
February 20, 2014 18:19
The women of Pussy Riot have more intestinal fortitude that all the
'cossack' vigilantes in Russia combined. By whipping them the cossacks are demonstrating their simple-minded weakness, and why political change is needed.

Perhaps the bravery these women display will inspire more Russians and help, ever so slightly, to bend the arc of history toward freedom.

by: J Reeves from: Charlotte, NC
February 20, 2014 18:30
Sad, in 2014 not many liberties for Russian citizens. Excessive force hinging on Police brutality on woman who were participating in what seemed like a peaceful, all be it controversial protest.

by: Cecil Nixxon from: Ozarks USA
February 20, 2014 19:07
Brave souls, these Pussy Riot girls. They demonstrate the courage of their commitment... quite unlike the US' Ted Nugent who has forgotten the power of music and now performs to a radio voice-over microphone.

by: Anonymous
February 20, 2014 20:45
Kosac aren't cops
and in anyway
all in this video is a FAKE
starting with cosak impersonated by actors.
.
Cop intervene only after
and the reasons that they give
is that is not possible to go around hooded
for safety reasons
whereupon
everyone goes free on his way

ps
song is realy a crap
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by: rik from: atlanta
February 26, 2014 18:22
You have proof of your statements. The beating looked real to me. If they weren't cops where are the arrests of the 'fake cossacks' by the real police for assault. The women didn't go around 'hooded', they donned the hoods as an act of protest when they began to protest. You sound like a troll, does that translate? Who cares about your taste in music anyway.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 21, 2014 09:28
Ah, these disgusting Sotschi Olympics! Not only did they install all the toilets upside down, not only is there a lot of dust in the schnitzel, not only are those games shattered by horrendous terrorist attacks on a daily basis, not only do all the gay athlets get stuck in unfinished elevators and have to break out of them through lousily fixed walls!
And as if all that was not enough, now the disgusting Cossaks torture those innocent girls, as if they were guards at Guantanamo and the girls were the Guantanamo imates! What comes next in Sotschi? Just disgusting!
All the future sporting events should be organized in Detroit, because they have all the best facilities and the friendliest personnel there :-))!!

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
February 21, 2014 14:55
Not "motherland", but tyranny of new empire of Varag-Prussak
And traditional "proclyatyiy Yakovom Semen, palach-Cossack".
Sotnikova is so much a Cossack name, for Imperial Russia,
They would even push for her down some other Russians!
_____________________________________________
It was a Cossack Koretckyiy - assassinating me at age 13.
God made miracle, turned me in the air, I only bent lances,
Was bruised - still Russians denied my mother go to court.
They went after me to USA to spy, to plagiarize and kill us.
Russians killed my mother 7/7/2012, using a CIA "garrote".

Surrounded by Russians in Moscow, Kishinev and Suhumi,
I knew then cowardly-merciless "Union of Russian People",
Rule Russia. As generous we are - as vindictive they'll be.
In sports used available technologies - telepaths and NLW.

I was 3, victim of assassinations, from pneumonia too "TB",
Skin and bonds in 1946, Russia tried be victorious over me
Using boys, older and bigger than me, wrestle, have victory.
They lost, but adult handlers followed on - perfect treachery.

At 1954 they were so good, before attack they used telepath,
Made me feel bad, shrinking my, busted in advance, arteries.
So I had to sit on street curb bent in pain. At the moment kids,
Russians of my age, jumped, punched and ran away in street.

Russians around victoriously screamed "Russia defeated you!"
No secret that it was used train Russian population new tricks,
Starting with secret "GRU-Spetcnaz", occupants and the influx.
No secret they forged superiority against us, for us bow to pigs.

Fans and sportsmen remember, Russians hated Georgia then,
Chess playing girls through "Dinamo" Tbilisi play against them.
Many years passed by, Russia became sophisticated in its evil.
They got partners in race war since 1954-56 pact - bust and kill.

Empire resurrecting Russia, Brits, even more Germany-Austria,
Have always win, punish, refer to hated nations and sportsmen.
Best children of Bashkiria, of Beslan, governments of Abkhazia
And Poland... Russia and their telepaths around us with venom.

It was a Joke in USSR, a booklet of Georgian, censors missed:
"If you don't understand, learning Georgian, ask Russian friend
They always nearby (watching us)" - sportsmen also watched.
Let's us analyze the Russian traditional and contemporary hate.

Sports that very risky, need balanced reflexes, or clean moves
Can be easy sabotaged, like skaters, skiers and alike that use
Fall, sometimes injured or killed - as a Georgian four years ago.
Some sports require will power and strength - not easy to bust.

There is pattern of results in sports increasing with years, show
Non-imperial nations can't often qualify for Winter sports events
That easy bust, split of a second muscle spasm or balance loss
By "other" nations, hated or contemporary made down to bend.

Non-Russians can watch Russians too - not as mean as them,
But be aware - to help prevent evil, "Union of Russian People"
Eager do, help them not to end destroying themselves as ham.
Let's protect nature - feed not creatures, encouraging impunity.



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