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Aug142012

Pussy-Frightened Putin?

I found an interesting element in Western coverage of the Pussy Riot case. Otherwise, I would not be wrting a post on them at all. To me these girls are nothing but attention whores, and I am reluctant to give them what they crave...

Since Western reporting on Russia is,more often than not, more emotional propaganda than anything informative, it is no coincidence that Western reporting on the Pussy Riot case likewise has low information value. One of the oft-repeated claims in Western press is that these girls are being tried for performing an anti-Putin song in a church.

Indeed, that song had an anti-Putin message, and that's pretty much the only connection the whole thing has to Putin. However, they conducted their vulgar song inside of an area of a church reserved only for the clergy, that it is what they are being tried for, not quite the actual message of their song which included anti-Putin sentiment.

Some, and not few, go as far as to claim that Putin, the Kremlin, the regime, the powers that be, are afraid of these girls. These commentators make these girls into some grand artists who take on the powerful. Artists whose list of performances include: public orgy in a museum, sticking frozen chicken into a vagina, and not much else. That musical act might be the most artistic thing they have ever done to date, and it is still nothing praiseworthy. But no, Putin must be trembling behind the walls of the Kremlin when he hears these degenerates screech.

Allow me to quote a wonderful example of what I am talking about from this marvelous piece in The Grauniad:

Vladimir Putin is right to be frightened by Pussy Riot. 

Jonathan Hibberd (commenting here on this blog using his initials JH) seems to have bought into this narrative as well. He wrote on his blog:

The case of Pussy Riot, the rock group arrested for a lewd impromptu performance in a Moscow cathedral is very helpfully waking people up to how repressive things are getting in the former Soviet space, and how rule of law works as a tool of the regime rather than as a keeper of the peace.   

Basically, he wants to say that the trial was instigated by the "regime". However, I think that Putin has heard about the trial in the same way most of you reading this post have, from the press. The prosecution was initiated by people from the Church. Namely, certain rector of a seminary, named Dmitry Pakhomov. He asked the general procurator to investigate the act. (1) I do not see Putin in this, do you? 

1) See here, unfortunately it is in Slovak. 

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Reader Comments (11)

Putin's 'pussy' problems are a welcome relief from your obsession with your own 'svidosrach' ones. I'm glad that I was finally able to get you to change gears....:-)

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCulture Kamph Hack

'one of the best things about not living in Russia is the option of listening—to anything at all...In other words, the moment you dub any speech—smart speech, funny speech, brutal speech, charitable speech, dumb speech— as “hate speech,” the kind of speech that leads inexorably to vicious crimes and general craziness, you are opening the door. And by that I do not mean you are opening the door to an alternative form of discourse, beautifully crafted and brilliant.' Amen!
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/judy-bachrach/russias-jailed-pussy-riot-women-and-hate-speech

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCulture Kamph Hack

@ Hack

Speaking of free speech. Imagine a neo-Nazi band performed a song in which they would speak about their beliefs about the Jews in a synagogue, would they get so much media spotlight and support? I guess not, nor will there be articles on the limits of free speech on World Affairs.

August 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeoš Tomíček

@ Hack

Anti-Orthodox free speech in Finland...

http://top.rbc.ru/incidents/15/08/2012/664709.shtml

I quote:

"Организаторы акции также принесли с собой канистру с мочой, которую намеревались вылить в храме в знак несогласия с реакцией церкви на судебный процесс над панк-группой."

Translation:

"The organisers (activists in Finland) have likewise brought with themselves a canister with urine, which they planned to spill in the church as a sign of displeasure with the reaction of the Church to the trial against the punk group.

I should add that the organiser is threatened with up to two years in prison.

August 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeoš Tomíček

Well, you do have a point....even in the US free speech does have limits. Old tort law prohibits somebody from standing up in a theater and shouting 'FIRE' (when there is none) endangering the lives of the stampeding crown exiting the theater. Likewise, I believe that in Germany books like 'Mein Kampf' are not allowed to be sold in stores. Perhaps, western pundits are acting a bit 'holier than thou am I'....

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCulture Kamph Hack

@ Hack

On youtube, many videos about Nazis are censored in Czech Republic, even anti-Nazi videos, perhaps the presence of Nazi symbols there is the reason.

August 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeoš Tomíček

http://dofonline.co.uk/blogs/the-edge/bp/pussy-riot-34534543/

August 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeoš Tomíček

"Well, you do have a point....even in the US free speech does have limits. Old tort law prohibits somebody from standing up in a theater and shouting 'FIRE' (when there is none) endangering the lives of the stampeding crown exiting the theater. Likewise, I believe that in Germany books like 'Mein Kampf' are not allowed to be sold in stores. Perhaps, western pundits are acting a bit 'holier than thou am I'...."

A Church is private property like Facebook or this blog. Free speech exists at none of these. PR's stunt was tame, but I guess media ready. I heard that more than two dozen Orthodox priests have been murdered since the religion was allowed back in Russia -many of these within the church. Of course the perpetrators were usually Muslims who were upset that priests were converting Muslims to Orthodox Christians. Look at how the media is hostile to Orthodox and Eastern Christianity: dozens of priests die - silence. One Islamist dies and its Islamophobia.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercartman

@Culture Kamph Hack

It was the US specifically the ADL that created "hate speech" and trying to create hate speech laws in the US. It is only constitutional provisions that have stopped this from happening.

Here in Europe government funded or aligned groups in Britain like United Against Fascism and Searchlight act as PC police who by their own words states on its website that its existence is to deny the British National Party any chance of "gaining an electoral foothold”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_Against_Fascism

@Leoš Tomíček

There is also the case in Finland of pastor Juha Molari who faced charges of inciting ethnic hatred by protesting the operation of the Chechen terrorist website KavakCenter by Finnish businessman Mikael Storsjo who himself faced death threats and was expelled from the Lutheran church in Finland before moving to Russia and converting to Russian Orthodoxy.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/84302/thread/1302371710/Finnish+terror+state+prosecutes+anti-terrorist+religious+fighter+pastor+Juha+Molari

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=8377

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjack

@ jack

Speaking of Western emigrants to Russia:
http://youtu.be/uZhCAluNgE4

:-))

August 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterLeoš Tomíček

Thanks so much for this. This is awesome post I ever seen on internet. This is rare to find that’s why difficult to understand. Anyway, you are definitely someone that has something to say that people need to hear. Keep up the good work. Keep on inspiring the people

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfree riot points

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