On February 21, 2012, the feminist rock band Pussy Riot jumped on the altar in Moscow’s biggest cathedral and tried to play a protest song:
Put Putin Away!
The band members were arrested within minutes and sentenced to prison terms of two years each for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” And yet they play on. Russian President Vladimir Putin can break up protests on the streets, but he can’t stop rock bands from rallying the opposition.
This Tuesday, come hear Russian rock critic Artemy Troitsky speak on the state of protest music under Putin’s regime. That’s: