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Everyone's Favorite Russian Protest Punk Group Have A New Song And It's A Banger

The video for Pussy Riot's song "Police State" is a surreal trip but one that will leave you with a new earworm.

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Pussy Riot, everyone's favorite ski-masked Russian group, are back with a new song that we can debut exclusively here at BuzzFeed dot com:

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You may remember them from their early days in 2012, when they were less about catchy music and more about protesting the rule of Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

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In the years since they were jailed for playing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow church, Pussy Riot — or at least one member, Nadya Tolokonnikova — have transformed from an anonymous protest collective to a real band, among other ventures. Part of that transition involved ditching of the masks that gave them anonymity and splitting to set up separate projects under the Pussy Riot ~brand~.

And the protests have kept coming, even as the music's appeal has broadened Two years ago, Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina released Pussy Riot's first English-language song, which dealt with police brutality and the death of Eric Garner. Just a few weeks ago, Alekhina staged a protest inside Trump Tower.

The music video for Tolokonnikova's new song, out Wednesday, titled "Police State," grapples with some of the issues the original collective protested — and features some graphic violence against stuffed animals.

As well as some indoctrination of small children wearing Pussy Riot masks, set to a jangly tune that's reminiscent of Matt and Kim's "Daylight" days.

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It's coming out right around the anniversary of both the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the election of Donald Trump in the US last year.

Tolokonnikova says the song — from the Nice Life record label's playlist/compilation: Nice Life Winter ’18 — is meant to inspire listeners to take action and organize.

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"Actions are more important that opinions and comments," she said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "It's crucial to build alternative institutions, establish alternative power structures and networks, especially when your government sucks. There's a lot that can be done and should be done."

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Hayes Brown at hayes.brown@buzzfeed.com.

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