Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer”

Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer”

  • Source: Youtube
  • Year: 2012
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann

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Pussy Riot is an anonymous Russian feminist performance art group formed in October 2011. Through a series of peaceful public performances that voiced how basic rights are under threat in Russia today, while expressing the values and principles of gender equality, democracy, and freedom of expression that are contained in the Russian constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the CEDAW Convention. Pusy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” song was performed for 1-minute on February 21, 2012 in a priests-only section of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The specific intention of the performance was to draw attention to the special relationship between President Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well a prayer to the Madonna to drive Putin away. Three members of Pussy Riot that took part in the performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior were sentenced to serve time in jail for this performance. (choir) “Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away Рut Putin away, put Putin away.” Full lyrics for the song can be found at: http://freepussyriot.org and http://www.freedomrequireswings.com

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