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Pussy Riot video shut down by police under “gay propaganda” ban

Police accused the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot of promoting
Police accused the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot of promoting "gay propaganda."Photo: Instagram screenshot/Pussy Riot

On Sunday, Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot had a video shoot that was shut down by police who claimed the group was violating the country’s ban on “gay propaganda.”

Pussy Riot was shooting a video for a song called “БЕСИТ/RAGE” that involved the participation of 150 mostly queer and female activists.

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According to Pitchfork the group says that police ordered the Lenfilm studio to shut off power while the group was recording the video. Police then prohibited the group from using a generator to continue the shoot.

On their Instagram account, Pussy Riot released a video of the confrontation with the cops.

The CEO of Lenfilm, Inessa Yurchenko, who was appointed to the role just a few days ago, has since claimed the power outage was accidental and that the cops in the video are actors.

She also threatened to go to the police, herself, if Pussy Riot continued to cause more “provocations.”

On Instagram, Pussy Riot praised the activists, all of whom they say showed bravery by standing their ground and not running from the police.

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БЕСИТ. сегодня менты сорвали нахуй съемки клипа, которым я жила последние 3 месяца. мы снимали на ленфильме; утром пришли менты и сказали, что мы снимаем "незаконное видео, пропагандируем гомосексуализм (изм!! siс) и занимаемся экстремизмом. вскоре во всем здании вырубили свет. мы арендовали генератор, но здание блокировали ппсники и дпсники, не пуская ебаный генератор. в итоге из ленфильма (оплаченного на сутки) нас выгнали. БЕСИТ. устала. заебало, что все, что ты лелеешь и все, что тебе дорого, стирают в порошок. смысл блядь принимать антидепрессанты, когда государство тебе ебашит дубиной по хребту и рушит все 🤬 с другой стороны, 150 человек активистов, кто сегодня участвовал, были такими сплоченными и смелыми, никто не боялся ментов и не убегал. спасибо вам. спасибо @za_900_let @nixelpixel @alya_daa @loljanordic @alinamuzalina @lastvirgin @sofeev @andrey_noskov @miliyollie @ozine.ru ps клипы в россии снимаю, потому что люблю российких активистов и их мне никто нахуй не заменит 😍

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They also vowed to get the video made one way or another, despite having lost $15,000 on the shut down shoot.

They are asking fans to help them raise money to begin again.

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СБОР НА КЛИП / CROWDFUNDING FOR "RAGE" VIDEO Клип будет, мусора – позор России, всем 1312. Собираем на новые съемки – и, уверена, соберем. Прошлые, сорванные ментами, стоили нам $15к. ‪Столько мб и не собрать, но любая помощь в такой жопе – 🖤‬ Спасибо, коты. ЛОЛ Ленфильм заявил, что полиция, которую мы выложили в паблик, не настоящая, а АКТЕРЫ. Вы посмотрите на лица этого наряда и эшников – блин, если бы актер такое сыграл, ему бы уже дали оскар. БЕСИТ. paypal.me/xxpussyriotxx venmo: @nadyariot AlfaBank: 4154822024757158 🤬🤷🏻‍♀️🤬🤷🏻‍♀️🤬🤷🏻‍♀️🤬🤷🏻‍♀️🤬🤷🏻‍♀️🤬🤷🏻‍♀️🤬🤷🏻‍♀️🤬🤷🏻‍♀️🤬Today, on the 9th of February 2020, St Petersburg, the Russian police broke into the location where Pussy Riot were filming a video for our next single "БЕСИТ / RAGE". We were accused of "gay propaganda" and "extremism". Russian political police commanded to the studio where we were shooting, "Lenfilm", to cut off electricity in the whole building. Later we've been kicked out of the building – with no legal explanations. The single "БЕСИТ / RAGE" is dedicated to a pain that we – feminists and the queer people – feel being the enemies of the state. "A police baton on my ribs, I'm singing with blood today" – goes "БЕСИТ / RAGE". 150 activists, mostly female or queer, took part in the shoot. We lost $15k on the video production today – because of the absurd "gay propaganda" law, and we'll be thankful if you share this info and/or be kind enough to help us to raise the money to make this video happen anyway. paypal.me/xxpussyriotxx venmo: @nadyariot

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“The single, ‘БЕСИТ / RAGE,’” the group wrote on Instagram, “is dedicated to a pain that we – feminists and the queer people – feel being the enemies of the state. ‘A police baton on my ribs, I’m singing with blood today.’”

Also known as the law “aimed at protecting children from information promoting the denial of traditional family values,” the ban was signed by Vladimir Putin in 2013 and prohibits the use of press, radio, television, Internet, and other mediums to promote “nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”

In other words, it is illegal in Russia for minors to gain any exposure to LGBTQ people.

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