Pussy Riot speaks from jail, calls Putin's regime 'scared'

Pussy Riot speaks from jail, calls Putin’s regime ‘scared’

Aug 28, 2012

The three jailed members of Pussy Riot have spoken from jail, and they’re not showing any signs of breaking their resolve.

“We are mentally prepared [for jail],” Yekaterina Samutsevich wrote, apparently in a scribbled, hand-written note to The Guardian. “I don’t see anything super-scary in having to serve 1.5 years and work. I don’t think that it’ll become some sort of especially difficult test for us – we’ve already lived through the past five months relatively easily and the evil plan of our authorities, to jail us so as to break us and sour us, has already failed miserably.”

Even as two remaining members of Pussy Riot took to Twitter to announce that they were fleeing Russia and “recruiting foreign feminists for new actions,” the jailed members remained defiant, ridiculing Putin’s iron control in Russia as a sign of weakness.

Our verdict shows just how scared Putin’s regime is of anyone who can undermine its legitimacy.

The problem for Putin personally now is that a lot of people no longer see his strong hand and authority, but his fear and uncertainty in the face of the progressive citizens of Russia, who grow more and more numerous with every step like our verdict

What I can say for sure is that we still madly want changes in Russia – toward anti-authoritarian leftist ideas. We, along with many citizens of our country, are burning even more with the desire to finally take from Putin his monopoly on power, since his image no longer seems so total and terrible,” she wrote. “In fact it is just an illusion, created by his spin doctors on government television channels.

Putin should know that in the digital age jailing activists can’t stanch the flow of conversation and succeed at making his regime look monolithic and scary. Instead, Pussy Riot is making him look petty and pathetic.

Read the whole interview at The Guardian.

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