Art, Protest and Apathy

Leave a comment

Click the link below the picture


In February 2012, as Vladimir Putin was gearing up to steal the Russian presidential ‘election’ that year, the performance art group Pussy Riot staged an audacious and provocative work inside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Dressed in colourful outfits and balaclavas, several members of the group burst into the church flashmob-style, dancing in front of the altar and singing expletive-filled ‘punk prayers’ in protest against Putin. Three women from the group were subsequently arrested and later sentenced to two years in prison on the charge of ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’. They had, the judge said, ‘plotted to undermine civil order’.

In a moving interview with the historian Simon Schama in December last year one of those young women, the artist and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, talked about what happened to her during her time in prison. After being transferred to the notorious gulag IK-14 in the remote region of Mordovia, Tolokonnikova was forced to work in slave labour conditions for 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, sewing police and military uniforms. She described the effect this kind of punishment has on people’s sense of self: within a short time it stripped her of her identity and made her lose any hope, agency or motivation. Her life became meaningless. It’s an experience she has not fully recovered from more than ten years later. Of course, Tolokonnikova’s real crime was to express her thoughts publicly about Putin’s corruption, mocking him in the process.

Our right to political protest is something we take for granted here in the UK. Amusing protest placard expression is like a national sport. But these rights are not set in stone and citizens of democratic countries must always be vigilant for their slow erosion — witness, for example, the current regressive laws on women’s reproductive rights in the USA at the moment.


https://jtm71.files.wordpress.com/2023/05/e4dcf-0bob7dtqvn6qje_6n.webpPussy Riot perform at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow in 2012. Photo: Philip Cosores



Click the link below for the article:





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Banter Republic

It's just banter


Unlock the World of Knowledge with KnowlExplo


Your go-to platform for answering online "what" questions on a wide range of topics, providing accurate and reliable information to satisfy your curiosity.


The mill of academic learning


this love fairy fell in love with her ghost

Travelling Light UK and beyond

Seeing the sights on and off the Harley-Davidson

Flip Side - Word Up!

I will endeavor to present you with a Word Up blog that may be completely flip side to popular opinion! I pray that all my reads challenge you the reader!

Stil unic!

Stilul face diferența!


Shelves of Guidance

Laws and Claws

Like you, but with claws.


Our opinions don't stink!

Fantastic Planet 25

A Portal To Another Green World

heard + felt

navigating life after trauma


Για του Χριστού την Πίστη την Αγία και της Πατρίδος την Ελευθερία...!

masks and tales

bunch of atoms, with a bunch of masks and tales

Cuentos, relatos, poemas y crónicas de

Chalo, 95' Soy lo que juré crear y destruir. Escribo para ser libre


Right writing , speaking and loving



The Sage Page

Philosophy for today


Ideas, opinion, tips, advice, inspiration, and motivation of daily life.

Water for Camels

Encouragement and Development for Social Workers and Those with a Mission of Helping Others

The Orthosphere

Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists - Joseph de Maistre

Clouds Curiosity Corner

A community of movie lovers to discuss all things cinema related! Reviews, suggestions, and more! <3

A dreamAchieve.wordspress.com

Achieve your goals with hard work


Fresh hacks every day

Babsje Heron

Great Blue Herons: A study in patience and grace

Print Test Page

Check Your Printer Quality


songs unheard by the poet next door

This, that and the other thing

Looking at life through photography and words

The Wild Coach

You are an important nexus of energy

Cindy Bruchman

Photography. Observations. Adventures. Let's talk.

Time To Talk Beauty

A world of beauty ... from Scotland

Julia's books

Sharing my passion for books with views, news and reviews

Tasty Eats

Tasty recipes from chef Ronit Penso's kitchen

Cruzar la Noche

Poemas y Cuentos para Insomnes

My World

<meta name="p:domain_verify" content="8d9ac2e0a18e01ddc774daf55e52f1f6"/>

%d bloggers like this: