Pussy Riot Lives!

The world is shocked and dismayed at Russian’s Invasion of Ukraine, but let’s get one thing straight! While President Vladimir Putin initiated this conflict he does not have the entire support of his people. According to a recent feature in GZERO, one third of the Russian population was opposed this act of aggression when it began this March. The following information came from Lev Dmitrievich Gudkov, the director of the Moscow-based Levada Center, and the last independent pollster in Russia. 

“Public opinion is divided. The less well-educated, older part of the population, those out in the provinces, the people whose sources of information are extremely limited, this part of the population basically repeats what comes through propaganda channels, that is, through the television channels. So two-thirds of the population approve of the war.”

“The other, smaller part of the population, just over a quarter of the population, is much younger. They are mostly in large cities where a completely different information environment and a different understanding have already developed. These people are extremely negative about what is happening in Ukraine and naturally have a negative attitude towards Putin’s policy there.”

“I think that in a few weeks or even months, the situation for the population as a whole will become less ambiguous and understandable. For the time being, of course, the majority blame the West, while the population of the megacities blames it on Putin’s policy.”

For the past decade one of the most committed efforts to challenge Russian disinformation has been a feminist punk group. Pussy Riot was formed in 2011 by a group of unidentified Russian individuals wearing brightly colored ski masks with cut-outs for their eyes and mouths. Their concerts were described as “guerilla gigs” because little advance notice was given as to their locations. The protestors just popped up, performed and ran off when the police arrived.

Pussy Riot gained world gained notoriety in 2012 staging a political performance in Moscow’s landmark Cathedral of Christ the Savior. With their “music” they condemned the support that the Russian Orthodox Church leaders’ had given Vladimir Putin during his latest election. Basically the band members asked the Virgin Mary to protect Russia from Vladimir Putin. The colorful performance only lasted 70 seconds until the girls were dragged away. Everything was filmed and, so for better or worse, there is no doubt as to exactly what was said and done.

As might have been expected two core members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were identified, arrested and convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” Each was sentenced to two years imprisonment. Alyokhina described her penal colony experience as “endless humiliations”, including regularly forced gynaecological examinations. Tolokonnikova described “slave-like conditions” including working 16-hour days sewing police uniforms, and prisoners with amputated hands and feet from frostbite. These claims are documented.

One of the two women left prison early through an amnesty initiated by Putin and backed by the Russian parliament. The release was timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution. Tolokonnikova qualified because she had young children. Alyokhina told Russian television that had she been given amnesty, she would have certainly turned down the offer. She stated with conviction “This is not an amnesty, this is a hoax and a PR move.”

After their release Alekhina and Tolokonnikova founded the Mediazona website to shed light on the injustices of Russia’s courts, law enforcement and prison systems. It is funded by donations and the international appearances made by Pussy Riot. On March 6, 2022 and the result of Mediazona’s up-to-date coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Roskomnadzor blocked Mediazona within Russia and demanded that it shut itself down.  Mediazone replied with tips for viewers to evade censorship, and a promise to continue on. And that we hope can be done.


#15 MON GEM
6/6/1988
Maria
Alyokhina

#32 TUE SCO
11/7/1989
Nadya
Tolokonnikova

#17 MON LEO
8/9/1982
Yekaterina
Samutsevich

Maria Alyokhina was born on a Monday in the zodiac sign of Gemini. The Moon rules her INNER SELF and Mercury governs her OUTER SELF. Those with the #15 MON GEM Dayology Signature are extremely bright and concerned with what is going on around them.

Nadya Tolokonnikova was born on a Tuesday in the zodiac sign of Scorpio. Mars rules her INNER and OUTER SELVES. Individuals with the #32 TUE SCO Dayology Signature tend to be private and passionate. People are surprised at the depth and intensity of their personal resources.

Yekaterina Samutsevich was born on a Monday in the zodiac sign of Leo. The Moon rules her INNER SELF and the Sun governs her OUTER SELF. People with the the #17 MON LEO Dayology have the ability to see into motives of others and need to set their own agendas.

The Dayology patterns for this group are easy to see. Nadya Tolokonnikova acts as the central figure of this group. With a doubled Mars ruler she is the most intense of the three. Her two band members, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were both born on Monday. Anyone with the Moon in rulership is always emotional but in a somewhat reflective manner. They can be changeable in their interests but always sympathetic to the causes that they support.

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