‘Pussy Whipped’ in Sochi: Local Cossack Police Crack Whip on Pussy Riot’s Latest Publicity Stunt

21st Century Wire says…

What was meant to be a quick hit-and-run viral YouTube video, somehow turned into a kind of BDSM performance.

It was over before it started. Before they could finish the first line of their song, the Russian ‘feminist activist band’ known as Pussy Riot, met with immediate force from the local Cossack cops at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. 


PUSSY WHIPPED: Cossack Cop shuts down group’s latest YouTube stunt, by cracking a 19th century horse switch.

Five females and one male ‘band’ members donned their signature fluorescent pink and yellow balaclava masks when the local street patrol Cossacks and other set upon them.

One officer wielding a horse whip, cracked a few blows to band members, while other police physically drove them off site before the band could finish their performance for their worldwide YouTube audience.

This was the band’s latest internet publicity stunt since its main members were released from jail in December 2013.

See full video footage of the incident here:


To call them a ‘band’ would be a bit of a stretch actually, as Pussy Riot would struggle to hold together any basic chords and harmonies, although this kind of stab at ‘music’ can always be written off by a Generation X audience as some form of ‘punk’. 


In fact, Pussy Riot were only an obscure “radical performance art collective” who finally came to international prominence after an arrest following their ‘music video’ performance on February 21, 2012, when five members of the group staged a religious-mocking ‘performance’ at the altar inside Moscow’s Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

It was a stunt that would’ve landed them in jail in another other country, including the US or Great Britain, yet this salient point is mostly lost on Western media commentators, ‘activist’ celebrity and politicians.

Other public ‘performances’ of note include group members photographed whilst having sex in the Timiryazev State Biology Museum in Moscow in February 2008, and there was also that incident where Pussy Riot simulated sex acts with frozen chickens in a Russian supermarket – not exactly high-brow art, but certainly enough to attract publicity. See their video portfolio here:


Pussy Riot are not the first performance artists to court international controversy, but it just so happens that their arrival on the world media stage has come exactly at a time when US-European and Russian diplomatic relations are at their most strained point since before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Critics blame this in part on the entertainment industry’s ‘publicity machine’ opportunist mill, where western celebrities like Madonna, Jay Leno and British actor Stephen Fry – who are always looking for a cause to pin their own brand to, and who constantly (as Madonna does) leverage platforms like Amnesty International and ‘Live 8′ to advance their own publicity profile. 

This latest outbreak of Russiaphobia in the West could be attributed to Westerners’ tendency to project their own political views and beliefs onto Russians. This point is underlined by the fact that for a band catering mainly to a western YouTube audience, Pussy Riot, have little support inside Russia itself. One recent poll found that two thirds of Russians think the band’s two year prison sentence was “either appropriate or too light”. 

Both the US and British governments in particular, have been more than eager to hitch a ride on the ‘gender activist’ demonstration bandwagon in the run-up to this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, as it garners their governments extra support at home, not only from the liberal voting blocs, but more importantly over foreign policy objectives in both Syria and the Ukraine. In the way, the advancement of Russiaphobia by Washington and London is a prime objective, which supports a much wider strategy of ‘neocontainment’ of Russia, minimising both its economic, political and ultimately - military, influence in the region.

If Pussy Riot were from Belarus, or even Poland – their videos would still be languishing in anonymity in the bowels of the internet – but because they happen to be from Russia – well, you should get the picture by now…

Meanwhile… the real battle for influence in the region rages on in the nearby Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

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  • Meggles

    8-)

  • Charlie Primero

    This is a small part of the on-going media campaign to demonize the Russian government in the minds of Americans so they will support a more aggressive U.S. military posture which will benefit Anglo-American Banksters by getting that pipeline run from Qatar through Syria to Turkey so Amercan Banksters can exploit the huge price difference between Russian natural gas Europe is currently paying 15 dollars per million BTU for and what Qatar’s North Dome can bring LNG to market for.

    Pussy Riot needs to tush up some cops in California where they beat people to DEATH with sticks and boots instead of delivering a mild spanking.

    • CMRedwood

      Go one or two layers deeper and you’ll discover that the critical coverage of Russia is (1) a distraction, and (2) the setting up a psy op scenario of Russia as a “rival” to western globalists when the reality is Russian pols and oligarchs are deeply tied and subservient to the apex globalists. When the Russian economy imploded, it was Trilateralist, Goldman exec., and former Treasury Sec., Larry Summers who advised Putin on privatizing the Russian peoples’ state owned assets thus creating eight powerful oligarchs (seven of whom were ethnic Jews, relevant as a reflection of the unusual centralization of economic capital in a small group). China and Russia as potential threats or rivals to the U.S. and western globalists is a page right out of Orwell’s 1984 paradigm of three superstates engaged in faux rivalry to distract and to justify the existence of a powerful military industrial complex and a domestic surveillance police state. Remember, China is also Brzezinski’s model Technocracy, built from the ground up when the decision was made to shift American manufacturing to China. (reference: AugustForecast.com)

  • Charlie Primero

    I’ve seen better acting in sixth-grade school plays.

  • CMRedwood

    DISTRACTION ALERT! This is the Russian version of US coverage of Justin Bieber’s or Miley Cyrus’ antics.