News / Europe

New Pussy Riot Video Targets Oil Industry

A still from the new clip by Pussy Riot titled "Oil Cycle" a copy of which was obtained by RFE/RL ahead of its release on July 16.
A still from the new clip by Pussy Riot titled "Oil Cycle" a copy of which was obtained by RFE/RL ahead of its release on July 16.
TEXT SIZE - +
RFE/RL
The female punk performance-art group Pussy Riot has released a new music video lashing out at the oil industry, Igor Sechin, the head of Russia’s largest oil company Rosneft, and others.

Copies of the video were released to RFE/RL and The Guardian newspaper on July 16 (see a translation of the lyrics below).

Titled "Like in a Red Prison," the video was shot at oil-production sites and at a Rosneft filling station in Russia.

The video starts with a masked member of the group pouring oil on a portrait of Sechin.

The "red prison" appears to refer to the Soviet Union.

WATCH: A copy of the new video provided by Pussy Riot to RFE/RL:


In an entry on the group’s blog site, Pussy Riot explains that Russia’s revenues from the oil industry in 2012 amounted to some 7 trillion rubles (some $210 billion) "but only [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and several of his friends see this 7 trillion."

The blog post continues, "We therefore decided to independently look into oil production and sing our new song about the red prison to oil and gas workers."

The song's lyrics talk about "homophobic vermin" and suggest Russia has a "president like the ayatollah in Iran."

Lyrics also refer to opposition figure and anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny, who is a candidate for Moscow mayor. He may have those ambitions derailed due to a criminal case against him for allegedly embezzling some $510,000 in 2009. The charges were filed against Navalny after he became a vocal government critic.

Pussy Riot gained wide publicity after members entered a Moscow cathedral in February 2012 and videotaped a performance criticizing Putin.

Group members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and are serving two-year prison terms.

Pussy Riot's blog post about their new video says Tolokonnikova contributed to the lyrics for "In a Red Prison."

Pussy Riot also writes that by focusing on the oil industry, "we got to the essence of why our friends are in jail, and Putin’s friends are not."

The following is an RFE/RL translation of the song's lyrics:

Gruel-Propaganda, Gruel-Propagandaaaa!

The country has hardly mastered
Mechanized labor.
More and more often when I'm working hard --
I am rude -- don’t know if it’s appropriate.

Local activists flow down the pipeline,
Filling it with life and calling for destruction!

The country has hardly mastered
Mechanized labor.

Federal Penitentiary Service, Interior Ministry, Emergency Situations Ministry, and Rosnano,
LUKoil, TNK, Rosneft, and Gazprom,

Gruel-Propaganda, Gruel-Propagandaaaa!

Get registration,
Evildoers at the oil towers,
Oil on the tables,
Sechin with crocodiles,
Like in a red prison.

Bathe the worker in the Norwegian fjord,
Cut off your penis like the Depardieu character,
You have a president like Iran’s ayatollah,
And your church is like it is in the U.A.E.

Gruel-Propaganda, Gruel-Propagandaaaa!

So, let everything be like it is in Qatar,
Evildoers at the oil towers,
Pumping till its dry,
A physics university teaches theology,
Epaulettes and oil wells,
Navalny in jail,
Hugo Chavez lives,
Like in a red prison.

Gruel-Propaganda, Gruel-Propagandaaaa!

Evil ****ing sexist, leave the hole alone!
Homophobic vermin, out from history!
Gruel-Propaganda, Gruel-Propagandaaaa!

Don’t **** with her pussycat,
She spends oil on something else. 
In the Mordovian days' quiet,
She makes salads and sometimes eats them.

Gruel-Propaganda, Gruel-Propagandaaaa!
 
RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Anastasia Kirilenko contributed to this story from Moscow.

You May Like

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

Turkish Law Gives Spy Agency Controversial Powers

Parliament approves legislation to bolster powers of intelligence service, which government claims is necessary to modernize and deal with new threats Turkey faces More

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
July 17, 2013 2:35 AM
Yes, now I understand they are brave enough not fear to be jailed in a red prison. Such a riot does not exist in Japan.

In Response

by: David from: US
July 30, 2013 11:06 PM
Pussy Riot needs to work with Russian government than work againist it. They are doing things in a way that could result in unrest and bring about crack-downs in Russia that would result in freedoms lost. They are impowered by misguided people from around the world not wanting to deal in reality.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face of American Farmer is Changingi
X
Mike Osborne
April 18, 2014
The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid