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    Jul 30, 2012

    What You Need To Know About Pussy Riot

    Pussy Riot is an activist organization currently on trial in Russia for offending both church and Putin. Here's a primer to get you up to speed.

    1. This Is Pussy Riot, A Female Punk Collective In Russia

    Denis Sinyakov / Reuters

    2. They're Fond Of Staging Public Protests In Which They Wear Colorful Ski Masks And Dance To Loud Music

    Denis Sinyakov / Reuters

    3. Pussy Riot Rails Against Russia's Oppresive Authoritarianism And Champion Equal Rights

    Denis Sinyakov / Reuters

    4. Pussy Riot Is A Frequent And Vocal Critic Of Both Russian President Vladimir Putin And Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev

    Denis Sinyakov / Reuters

    5. Here They Are Last December Showing Solidarity In Front Of A Detention Center That Houses Prominent Dissidents

    Denis Sinyakov / Reuters

    6. But The Stunt That REALLY Got Them In Trouble Was This One In February, When They Stormed The Pulpit At Christ The Savior Cathedral

    7. They Started Chanting "Mother Mary, Drive Putin Away" (Along With A String Of Obscenities) While Dancing A Can-Can, Calling It Their "Punk Prayer"

    8. At The Insistence Of The Russian Orthodox Church, Who Denounced The Act As "Blasphemy," Three Members Of Pussy Riot Were Arrested And Charged With "Hooliganism"

    Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters

    9. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich All Face Up To 7 Years In Prison

    Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

    10. Their Arrest Has Triggered Protests Around Russia And Europe, Such As This Demonstration In Prague

    David W Cerny / Reuters

    11. Amnesty International Has Declared The Three "Prisoners Of Conscience," Who Are Being Held "Solely For The Peaceful Expression Of Their Beliefs"

    David W Cerny / Reuters

    12. The Arrests Have Deeply Divided Russia, Even Sparking This Clash Between Russian Orthodox Christians And Supporters Of Pussy Riot

    Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

    13. Pussy Riot Has Galvanized The Arts Community In Russia, With Hundreds Of Prominent Public Figures Signing Open Letters And Petitions Demanding The Freedom Of The Three Women

    Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

    14. Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Actually Sewed His Mouth Shut To Symbolize The Silencing Of Pussy Riot

    Handout / Reuters

    15. The Trial Of The Pussy Riot Three Began Last Friday And Supporters Are Skeptical They Can Recieve Impartial Treatment In What Is Widely Considered A Pro-Putin Judicial System

    Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

    16. Here's The Now Infamous Performance That Could Send Three Young Women, Two Of Them Recent Mothers, To Jail For 7 Years

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    TRANSLATED LYRICS:

    Black robe, golden epaulettes
    All parishioners are crawling and bowing
    The ghost of freedom is in heaven
    Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains

    The head of the KGB is their chief saint
    Leads protesters to prison under escort
    In order not to offend the Holy
    Women have to give birth and to love

    Holy shit, shit, Lord's shit!
    Holy shit, shit, Lord's shit!


    (Chorus)
    St. Maria, Virgin, become a feminist
    Become a feminist, Become a feminist
    (end chorus)

    Church praises the rotten dictators
    The cross-bearer procession of black limousines
    In school you are going to meet with a teacher-preacher
    Go to class - bring him money!

    Patriarch Gundyaev believes in Putin
    Bitch, you better believed in God
    Belt of the Virgin is no substitute for mass-meetings
    In protest of our Ever-Virgin Mary!

    (Chorus)
    St. Maria, Virgin, Drive away Putin
    Drive away! Drive away Putin!

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