Pussy Riot Coming to Prague, Hoping to Stoke Pro-Ukranian Activism

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Pussy Riot, the feminist performance art group, is performing at Prague’s MeetFactory on September 8.

The group, which became famous for their punk rock sound that transformed into more traditional protest music, is arriving in Prague during a tour which has focused on opposition to the ongoing war in Ukraine started following Russian aggression.

The group’s history as Russian dissidents has given them a unique platform on which to speak out against the war. Started in 2011, they have never stopped protesting against Vladimir Putin’s government.

Along with a general opposition to fascism, they were specifically motivated by Putin’s government’s attitude towards LGBT+ issues and abortion, alongside increasing economic inequality.

Their provocative music often calls for rebellion and has landed a few of the more than 10 women involved in legal trouble. In 2012, members were arrested on charges of “hooliganism” following outspoken challenges to the Russian Orthodox clergy.

This predictably sparked international action. Since then, all its members have been freed, including another who was arrested in Croatia recently.

Proceeds from their most recent 19-stop tour will go towards helping Ukrainian refugee resettlement and a children’s hospital in the country.

The band hopes to revive the pro-Ukraine activist movement which has stagnated as the war seems to be at a stalemate, draining resources and jeopardizing European gas and food imports.

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