The closing statements of Yekaterina Samutsevich in court

The closing statements of Yekaterina Samutsevich in court

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

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Several members of the punk feminist group Pussy Riot were put on trial in 2012 for a display of anti-Putin activism in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia. In this sound clip recorded on August 8 of 2012, one of the accused Pussy Riot members, Yekaterina Samutsevich (b.1982), speaks out against the totalitarian regime set up by Valdimir Putin, saying “Why did Putin feel the need to exploit the Orthodox religion and its aesthetic?…It may be that the harsh, failed policies of Putin’s government…[that made him feel] the need for more persuasive, transcendent guarantees of his long tenure at the pinnacle of power. It was then that it became necessary to make use of the aesthetic of the Orthodox religion, which is historically associated with the heyday of Imperial Russia, where power came not from earthly manifestations such as democratic elections and civil society, but from God Himself.” Samutsevich was found guilty and jailed, but later paroled due to the fact that the guards had stopped her at the Cathedral protest before she could even get her guitar out of her case.

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