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‘Black Robe, Golden Epaulettes’: From the Russian Dissidents to Pussy Riot

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Cécile Vaissié

University Rennes II, FR
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Department of Russian studies Professor
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The arrest of the members of Pussy Riot, their imprisonment and their trial has attracted great interest worldwide, and some commentators pointed out that the young women in this feminist punk band could be considered as the heirs to the Russian dissidents. The article explores this link further and shows that the action which made this feminist punk band famous can indeed be seen as a continuation of the combat of dissidents who, as of the mid-1960s, fought for the genuine independence of the Russian Orthodox Church from the State, and who denounced the infiltration of the Church by the KGB, an infiltration that the Church itself has never publicly condemned. Therefore the various predecessors of Pussy Riot include an archbishop, priests, lay people such as Solzhenitsyn, young hippyish intellectuals, and – already – feminist believers.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.9255
How to Cite: Vaissié, C., (2014). ‘Black Robe, Golden Epaulettes’: From the Russian Dissidents to Pussy Riot. Religion and Gender. 4(2), pp.166–183. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.9255
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Published on 21 Dec 2014.
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