Category : Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot in London: “We are now in a fight. When the world is less sexist, then we will celebrate”

Index's Padraig Reidy speaks to two members of the Russian feminist punk group on a secret trip to the UK

What’s Russia blocking on the web?

April saw a bizarre variety of sites blocked by the Russian authorities or internet service providers – among them Pussy Riot videos, Wikipedia, the Yandex search engine, and sites promoting bribery and corruption. Compiled by Andrei Soldatov

Self-censorship’s chill on artistic freedom in Russia

Self-censorship has poisoned Russian media, art and other spheres. In the past few years, criminal prosecution of artists and new laws have made it clear for those who criticise the Kremlin or Russian Orthodox Church in their creative work, will face consequences for portraying either of these institutions negatively. Just last week, the State Duma passed two controversial laws in the first hearing. One forbids obscene language in movies, books, TV, and radio during mass public events. The other stipulates criminal punishment — including five years in prison — for “insulting believers’ feelings”. Both laws, as far as human rights activists are concerned, limit artists’ freedom of expression, and encourage self-censorship. Index spoke to three notable artists to find out [...]

Self-censorship’s chill on artistic freedom in Russia

Self-censorship has poisoned Russian media, art and other spheres. In the past few years, criminal prosecution of artists and new laws have made it clear for those who criticise the Kremlin or Russian Orthodox Church in their creative work, will face consequences for portraying either of these institutions negatively. Just last week, the State Duma […]

Global view

alt informationIndex CEO Kirsty Hughes looks at the current climate for free speech around the world, from press regulation in the UK to ongoing challenges to digital freedom

Index Index – International free speech round up 07/02/13

Index Index - International free speech round up 07/02/13

Court dismisses appeal for Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina

A Russian court yesterday dismissed the appeal of Maria Alekhina, one of the three members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot. Alekhina, 24, appealed to the local court asking to defer the remaining 13 months of her two year sentence until her six-year-old son, Filipp, turns 14. Judge Galina Yefremova said that the initial ruling […]

Russia: British artists investigated for extremism and blasphemy

An exhibition by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman is being investigated by St Petersburg prosecutors after visitors complained that it was “blasphemous” and “extremist”. The exhibition, at the world-famous Hermitage museum, features a crucified Ronald McDonald as well as the duo’s trademark Nazi figurines. The museum’s director Mikhail Piotrovsky slammed the complaints and investigation […]

South Park Jesus saves Belarus and Pussy Riot

Padraig Reidy: South Park Jesus saves Belarus Pussy Riot

INDEX INTERVIEW: “Punk prayer is not a crime,” says released Pussy Riot member

MOSCOW. 29 October 2012 (INDEX). Earlier this month a Moscow court freed Ekaterina Samutsevich, one of three imprisoned women from Russian punk band Pussy Riot but upheld the two-year jail term handed down to her bandmates. Samutsevich, Maria (Masha) Alekhina and Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova were convicted of hooliganism in August after staging a “punk prayer” in a […]

INDEX INTERVIEW: “Punk prayer is not a crime,” says released Pussy Riot member

alt informationEkaterina Samutsevich told Index on Censorship’s Russia correspondent that Pussy Riot is here to stay.

Pussy Riot father: “Putin is a symbol of a sick system”

Stanislav Samutsevich, 73, is the father of the imprisoned Pussy Riot member, Ekaterina Samutsevich. She, together with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, was sentenced to two years in the women’s prison colony on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing an anti-Putin protest songin Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral.