tmaction:

The Pussy Riot chicks just got two years.

There’s a clip of them receiving their sentence here.

Guardian: What Pussy Riot have done is show up the machinery of the state for what it is: scary, violent, punitive and male.

Pussy Riot are currently the coolest band on the planet. They’ve achieved the kind of shock and awe that the Sex Pistols could only dream of.

But don’t underestimate their bravery. The members of Pussy Riot whom I met, who put their balaclavas and colourful dresses in their bags when they go out to work or university, “like Batman”, were aware that bad things happen to people who dare to stand out in Putin’s Russia. Journalists die. Opposition politicians are beaten up. It’s no coincidence that Tolokonnikova, Alekhina, Samutsevich – Nadia, Masha and Katia – laughed and joked as they were sentenced on Friday. The trial was a joke.

They’re now going to pay the price. Russian women’s prisons are even harsher than the male ones. The women have been depicted on state television as evil satanists and their lawyers fear for their safety. It’s unlikely they’ll stay in Moscow; like Khodorkovsky, they’ll probably be shipped off to a far-off prison in Siberia away from family and friends, from their young children. It’s not a joke. It’s a brutal, nasty place, Putin’s Russia. And because of Pussy Riot, we all now know that now.

Here’s their new single Putin Lights Up the Fires

(via forever-delayed)

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