The Cry Heard Around the World: “Free Pussy Riot!”

After members of the Russian punk bank were sentenced to prison, demonstrations sprang up from Europe to New York City demanding their freedom--and their right of self-expression.

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After members of the Russian punk bank were sentenced to prison, demonstrations sprang up from Europe to New York City demanding their freedom–and their right of self-expression.

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11BravoCibVet
11BravoCibVet

No Gods No Masters. The only authority is yourself! :-) And never mind the bollocks.

vaukling
vaukling

Clearly,  TIME did not include all significant forms of protest among Russia's neighbors such as in Kiev, Ukraine. I wonder why...

If you want to know how the Ukrainian feminists expressed their protest, look here

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i...

Jamie Isbell
Jamie Isbell

...Looks like these attention-whores didn't get the attention they were looking for.

Baton Rouge Architect
Baton Rouge Architect

This is attention grabbing...maybe they planned this out, it could turn out lucrative for Pussy Riot. 

Worst case, they put in their 3 years ...and come out rich and famous.

Naiad Lyne
Naiad Lyne

Where is the picture of that sex-orgy in some Russian museum in front of group of children-the one in which one of the Pussies participated? 

rjs0
rjs0

you have their names wrong on the 1st pic

cm6096
cm6096

This is about girls going to jail, if they had been men, it wouldn't even have been news.   Even in the US you can't threaten the president in a song and not go to prison.

Yury Sagadatov
Yury Sagadatov

How much money somebody spend to make Pussy Riot so popular ? 

jeanocelot
jeanocelot

Well, I certainly like the first 2 words of the cry ...

Kasbohmc2
Kasbohmc2

Unfortunately, Time.com has a policy of vetting comments that run contrary to its articles.

So, to be brief (and ridiculously politically correct), I do not believe the Russian government will allow for the release of the punk rockers.  The government has a long history of suppressing dissent in all its forms, for fear that it would cause social upheaval and revolt.

This fear extends to suppressing those in the arts and literature for seemingly false or inaccurate portrayals of government officials and/or policy.  As such, the punk rockers should have been more mindful that their lyrics could run afoul of the government policy on what it deemed to be 'rebellious music.'

The band should have shown some more common sense before going on-stage.  Failure to display even a grain of forethought has led to their imprisonment.  Consequently, we won't be hearing from those rockers for a long time, given Russia's notorious history dealing with those it deems to be anti-government.

Kasbohmc2
Kasbohmc2

I don't know why Time and other news outlets are wasting their resources on this story.

When it comes to Russia, matters concerning free speech and expression suddenly take a different turn.  Russia does not have the same liberal, democratic view on those topics as other Western nations (i.e. America, the European Union).  As such, when a controversial punk rock band performs, it must 'watch itself' and police its own actions.  Failure to exercise the proper amount of caution/restraint can result in imprisonment.  If history is any guide, Russia's system of imprisonment is not as accommodating as other Western countries.  In fact, it's a whole lot worse.

Given those facts, it should not surprise anyone that these punk rockers (or, 'pussy rioters') were imprisoned.  They should have known better than to spout their usual teenage-style temper tantrums on-stage.  Had they behaved like adults, and 'considered their audience' beforehand, they would not have landed themselves in a Russian prison. 

Save for a miracle (highly unlikely) or change of heart by the Russian government (laughably absurd), these punk rockers won't be getting out any time soon.  Any one who knows anything about how much control the Russian government exerts knows that these rockers won't be performing any time soon.

Virender Singh Rawat
Virender Singh Rawat

which world the news writer is referring  to may please be specified. is it the world of the punks or may be the UK. actually no one really cares, they got what they deserved. as a matter of fact they got away lightly.

Harry Kuheim
Harry Kuheim

Do you think Time or any other Media outlet would back Ted Nugent or Hank Williams Jr. after they did a Flash Mob at Rev. Wrights' Chuch during a Sunday  sermon and shared their "Feelings" about the incompetency and Racism of Obama? Free Speech right?

Bob_Ingersoll
Bob_Ingersoll

I wonder if a punk band took over the National Cathedral in Washington DC to advance  homosexual rights, if they would be arrested and tried for trespass. 

tm1
tm1

SANA MAGING KATUWANG NG MGA AUTHORITIES 

SA PAGLALAHAD NG TUNAY  NA KALAGAYAN  AT  SOLUTIONS SA MGA KASAPI*

 

SANA  KASAMA OPISYAL NG  "LAURA CHURCH"  

PAGKONDENA "P R O T E C T I O N I S M O"  KRIMEN

Erik B. Anderson
Erik B. Anderson

 I think they probably would.

hailexiao
hailexiao

They would, and they would get slapped with a small fine or a few days in jail.

Vladimir Zamansky
Vladimir Zamansky

American history of so called "democracy" is way longer. You can piss on anything and sperm-sprinkle whatever.

MACDONALDBANK
MACDONALDBANK

It

is written; so therefore it shall be? We are the chosen people? Such a wicked

fantasy. 

To

see the religious lunatics manipulate government and our lives is

shameful. Being black or left-handed

or being gay is just as natural.  It is a

sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart

and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated!   If it’s between two guys or two girls -- all

the better.  It takes even more courage

to defend that LOVE!

The

evil writings in Leviticus 18:22 … against gays – depict: “P” … “priestly

rules” amp; expanded by the pope; homophobes and religious frauds … to attack

the gay community and never meant to apply to the public -- but to priests.

Leviticus was written long after Moses -- 600BC.

The pope and churches fully

aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to priests only … refuse to remove this

stigma … maliciously persecuting gays.  Kids bullied into suicide …! 

MACDONALDBANK
MACDONALDBANK

There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the

cross related bogus elements of christianity and other religions. Our early

human ancestors; on this earth … go back more than 6 million years … 5,996,000

years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews. 

Christianity is basically a 2012 year old fictional cult.

In

the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went

on to fabricate amp; market Christianity - a fantasy - which turned out to be

one of the most hateful amp; evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.  

mdcbwbnj
mdcbwbnj

The sad thing is these girls won't last a year in that he77  hole before Putin puts out a kill order on them. 

Naiad Lyne
Naiad Lyne

You are bad in politics. There is no need to kill them.

John Doh
John Doh

It is time for the Russian People to liberate themselves from the oppression of Putin's regime. It seems to me that when a People cannot speak their mind without the fear of death and/or imprisonment that it would be the cue for a revolution. "No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies."

Dean Goodman Acheson

http://www.earthsquotes.com/vi...

sawthelight
sawthelight

It said " Free Pussy Riot"....em...got my attention at least. Is their a senior discount?

manofsan
manofsan

Regarding the title - just put another exclamation point between the last 2 words

manofsan
manofsan

"Free Pussy Riot!"

Just put another exclamation point between those last 2 words

Rodger Barnes
Rodger Barnes

BS.  Keep the sluts locked up for all I care.

Brockssssss
Brockssssss

I cant wait to get a free P - uss -y Tshirt . My free Tibet one is so worn out. 

Jamie Isbell
Jamie Isbell

....where can I fins this Free P-U-ssy , you speak of?

Brockssssss
Brockssssss

I cant wait to get a free P-u-s-s-y T shirt . My free Tibet one is so worn out. 

Brockssssss
Brockssssss

I cant wait to get a free pussy t-shirt.  My free Tibet one is  so worn out.

kshetrajna
kshetrajna

This heading is misleading. There is no outrage world-wide. I have not heard anyone protesting in Asia, South America, and Africa. A few Western countries do not make -up the world. If UK are so concerned about human rights of a punk band in Russia why don't they show same concern for Assange?

tm1
tm1

SANA MAGING KATUWANG NG MGA AUTHORITIES 

SA PAGLALAHAD NG TUNAY  NA KALAGAYAN  AT  SOLUTIONS SA MGA KASAPI*

 

SANA  KASAMA OPISYAL NG  "LAURA CHURCH"  

PAGKONDENA "P R O T E C T I O N I S M O"  KRIMEN

Naiad Lyne
Naiad Lyne

Actually the whole London or Paris is not spending days and nights "outraging" over those chicks either. Most people do not know about them and some find them disgusting. 

TheCur13
TheCur13

I'm not a big fan of that collosal d-bag Assange, but another argument is... why are you in legal trouble in the UK if you make songs insulting the royal family?   I think that' a somewhat more valid argument.  Still, you can't call yourself a democratic nation and imprison people for being critical of the government or it's leaders.  Those two paths are mutually exclusive... and before you bring the US into it, yeah, I know that, they're not exactly a bastion of civil rights either, but... we're talking about Russia here.

JohnnySmith0
JohnnySmith0

Hey genius, around the world is not the same thing as the whole world. And people do show concern for Assange, not the government and a few government sycophants though.

sbp2
sbp2

Free Püssy Riot!

Well, as far as riots go, at least I understand this one.

sbp2
sbp2

Free Pussy Riot!

Well, as far as Riots go, I at least understand why this time.

MichaelKruger
MichaelKruger

Fuck you Putin, I hope you get assassinated sooner rather than later.

Gary McCray
Gary McCray

Voting doesn't seem to be giving the people of Russia a democratic government, in fact it seems like voting doesn't count (pun) at all.

Using the mock legal system for persecution for free speech and political dissent is so Soviet.

You can take the Soviet Union out of Russia, but you can't take Russia out of the Soviet Union. (OK vice versa maybe)

Putin has truly managed an admirable job of proving that nothings changed.

Peter the Great he aint!

MichaelKruger
MichaelKruger

 Russia was never a democracy. That country needs to be divided further into smaller states. It needs foreign intervention to bring democracy.

Vladimir Zamansky
Vladimir Zamansky

Foreign intervention brings chaos. And killing of foreign nation. Remember French and German intervention. Also, you can't bring anything you don't have yourself. It is illusion that you have it. If you're permitted to masturbate it is not the same as you having sex. America incarcerate everybody who is threat to it's World domination. 

JohnnySmith0
JohnnySmith0

True Russians themselves probably don't want democracy. It's the same thing in East Asia - those people are too lazy to be democratic nations.

Jon Gibson
Jon Gibson

foreign 'intervention' is the LAST thing that's 'needed'.  Then again, maybe you'd sign up first?