Premiere: Watch Pussy Riot's Video 'CHAIKA'

Published on 03 February 2016

 
 

It's been almost four years to the day since Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist band, performed their legendary protest/set "Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!" on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in Moscow. Since then, they've been arrested for their anti-government sentiments, put on trial, imprisoned, and finally—after the intervention of human rights groups and international media—freed. Yet, none of that has stopped them from continuing to release a constant stream of songs, videos and articles, all with the goal of fighting the rampant corruption in the Putin's regime

Today, they're releasing their latest music video, "CHAIKA", named after Russia's current Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika.

"It's a tutorial on how to pinch out money, raid enterprises, send competitors to prison or physically eliminate them. And also what to do in order to not only escape imprisonment for yourself, but to prosper." 

Chaika was in the international press recently, when anti-Putin activist Alexei Navalny posted a film he made online that alleges the family and business associates—most specifically the son—of Russia's Prosecutor General have direct ties to the Russian mob, and that Chaika himself is mired in corruption. Since the release of this film the Russian government has denied the allegations and refused to discuss or cover the video on state-controlled media platforms. The Kremlin has also passed multiple laws that increase their control over what content can be posted online, and that may even allow them to block outlets like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

"Russian authorities cannot even define their own aesthetic, so we had to help them. This video represents three aesthetic elements generally promoted by the state that truly disgust me: Gilding everything to conceal the putrid core underneath—seen in the golden loaf of bread, and all the "Khokhloma" designs; "Zone"—represented by the prison camp where all the prisoners are tortured; Fascist populist nationalistic aesthetics—represented by the two-headed sea gull, the staging and choreography of the lady prosecutors, and the dances performed in the North Korean style."

The clip is showing Pussy Riot as government officials, stuffing their faces like pigs and torturing people to lyrics like, "And if we're going to kill and steal / I'll always choose my motherland and I'll do all that here at home," and, "I love Russia / I'm a patriot."

Read the full interview here.