Pussy Riot members speak

Two members of Pussy Riot have travelled to London under a cloak of secrecy to speak to the press about the plight of their bandmates in Russian labor camps. Laurie Penny was one of the reporters who got to interview them in a small, no-photos press conference:

These girls are young. Very young. For their safety, I can’t say how young, but imagine how young you think they might be. Are you imagining it? They’re about five years younger than that. When they arrived I wondered, for a second, who let a couple of moody work experience kids into a clandestine meeting...

And then there’s the cultural backlash - including sexist attacks on what Pussy Riot stand for. "The simplest example is the idea that there’s a [male] producer behind us, or that we must be being paid by foreign governments - nobody can imagine that women themselves are expressing their opinions!" says Schumacher.

"In the Russian mass media they're saying we're stupid girls, not able to think. Among the orthodox believers, in the media, they tell us to stay at home, do cooking, give birth to children," says Schumacher. "And Masha and Nadya are attacked for not fulfilling their roles as mothers." This last is particularly cruel, because not only is it the Russian state that placed Masha and Nadya in Labour camps far from their children, but both have been denied the usual clemency that allows mothers of young children to receive suspended sentences.

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  1. “These girls are young. Very young. For their safety, I can’t say how young, but imagine how young you think they might be. Are you imagining it? They’re about five years younger than that.”
    Okay, they’re 12.
    “When they arrived I wondered, for a second, who let a couple of moody work experience kids into a clandestine meeting.”
    Yeezus West, 12 year olds do internships in the UK?!

    1. They must be junior members, since the women who got arrested are in their mid twenties — which is not 5 years younger than I was imagining. Yekaterina Samutsevich, the third one arrested, is older than Laurie Penny.

      *Wikipedia — which anyone can edit, but at least they use numbers.

  2. I always figured them at 15-16 at the youngest, which is about  5-10 years younger than the leadership.

    And all this talk about hidden male leadership is insulting. What’s so implausible about young women getting fired up and taking action?

    AND FREE PUSSY RIOT! Kickstarter has rejected my video about hiring helicopters and mercenaries to bust them out of prison.

    1. It might be a Russian attitude. They’re probably not used to this sort of thing yet.

      At the time the Soviet Union was dissolved, I was living in Portland and you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a 15-25 year old woman doing guerrilla theater. Whereas in Soviet Russia, cat swings you.

      I’m sure it doesn’t help that they’re up against the Orthodox Church, which is basically trying to return to Czarism.

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