Russian Protest Group, Pussy Riot, visits Cornell

Photo: Robert Caplin

By Barbara Esuoso

The Russian feminist punk rock protest group, Pussy Riot, spoke to an over capacity crowd at an event celebrating Punkfest Cornell, a week-long celebration of punk music and its history.

Pussy Riot, a female group based in Moscow, has “staged unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public locations across Russia,” said a briefing for the event, which was hosted in Klarman Hall Wednesday.

Themes of the group’s videos include “feminism, LGBT rights, opposition to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they regard as a dictator, and links between Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church,” according to the briefing.

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