Like them or not, Pussy Riot don’t deserve to be in prison

Nella Farr 7 November 2013

Pussy Riot are obnoxious. From the name to the methods, they have established an image that is designed to agitate. They wear neon-coloured balaclavas, only refer to themselves by names like Seraph, Terminator or Blondie, and have an album called ‘Kill the Sexist’. On 21 February 2012 three members of the group decided that a Moscow cathedral would be the perfect location for filming their latest music video. For less than a minute, the women punched the air in a priests-only section of the Cathedral, before they were escorted out. Two of these women now reside in a Russian penal colony.

We mustn’t forget that, behind the sensational façade, Pussy Riot is a protest group. Whether or not we are offended by them, and whether or not weagree, we must object to their being imprisoned just for stating their beliefs. Freedom of expression and protestation is a liberty that we so often take for granted but one that is being increasingly denied to citizens of Russia, a country which has recently seen regressive and repressive legislation passed.

Cambridge University Amnesty International has been campaigning for Pussy Riot throughout October and although it has been more than a year since they were sentenced the injustices they are suffering must not be forgotten. Through our activism we recognise a shared humanity that transcends borders. We may be separated by several thousand miles and a cultural gulf, but despite this separation, tyranny and injustice will not be tolerated.