News / Europe

    Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot Produce 'Protest Music Video'

    Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot Produce 'Protest Music Video'i
    X
    February 21, 2014 11:52 PM
    Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot have released the video for their latest single. It includes clips of protest performances during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, and, it includes violent footage of the brightly clad girls being whipped by Cossacks. VOA's Michael Eckels reports.
    Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot Produce 'Protest Music Video'
    Mike Eckels
    Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot have released the video for their latest single. It includes clips of protest performances during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, and, it includes violent footage of the brightly clad girls being whipped by Cossacks.

    It's called Putin Will Teach You to Love Your Motherland. The newly released video is an overnight Internet sensation.

    Pussy Riot talked at the Sochi Olympics. "The Olympics have turned a police state into a total police state; an authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventative arrests. In my opinion, the Olympics create a pretext for complete human rights violations in Russia," said Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

    The group released the video ahead of Friday's conviction in Moscow of eight anti-Putin protesters accused of rioting during mass demonstrations in 2012.

    "We want to attract maximum attention to this case because it's the biggest disgrace of contemporary Russia," said an unidentified member of Pussy Riot.

    Pussy Riot has been the loudest voice of dissent in a largely protest-free Olympiad.

    "This is an active boycott of the Games. We are calling on everybody who see the realities of Sochi to participate," said Tolokonnikova.

    But few have. The authorities set up a designated protest zone based on Hyde Park in the nearby town of Khvosta. But it remains unused. Locals seem unaware of its status.

    "Nothing's happened here," said one woman.

    "Who knows? Maybe once upon a time 20 people gathered here, but there haven't been any demonstrations," said the man accompanying her.

    As the Olympics wind down, Russian President Vladimir Putin's ring of steel remains impermeable to terrorists, but, the voice of protest has broken through.

    You May Like

    US Leaders Who Served in Vietnam War Look Back and Ahead

    In New York Times opinion piece, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator John McCain and former Senator Bob Kerrey say as US strengthens relations with Vietnam, it is important to remember lessons learned from war

    Trans-Adriatic Pipeline to Boost European Energy Security

    $4.5 billion-pipeline will become operational in 2020 and will deliver gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz II field to southern Italy

    Video California Celebration Showcases Local Wines, Balloons

    Annual festival showcases the region's harvested agriculture, fine wines and offers opportunities to experience the gentle breeze in a hot air balloon flight

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
    February 22, 2014 9:13 AM
    The reporter is wrong in saying that there are few people willing to protest. It’s an open regime’s scorn and mockery “to let willing people to protest” not on the spot, in Sochi, but in a faraway town of Khvosta. The strongest point of Pussy Riot is they demonstrate the world that Putin’s regime doesn’t fit into contemporary world where everybody has right to express an opinion and to be heard. The highbrow stance of the regime shows that they view people of Russia as a herd of mediaeval silent and obedient slaves tolerating intimidation, injustice and lawlessness. A poll in Saratov region of Russia showed that 20% boycott Putin’s Olympics as a corrupt and criminally wasteful one.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora