God Bless Pussy Riot

“The system cannot conceal the repressive nature of this trial.”

The band’s boldness and bravery are beautiful. If the Riot Grrrl movement started and then flourished in Olympia and the Pacific northwest, it has reached its apotheosis in Moscow. These musicians will never be chained.

[*Update*: Here are the complete final statements, from all of the defendants, who were convicted today and sentenced to two years in prison. The insight and eloquence – and indeed the kindness – of these words take my breath away. – 17 August]

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