JUST LAST December, two members of Pussy Riot — a Russian feminist punk rock group — were released after being held in prison for almost two years. They were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after the group did a performance in a Russian Orthodox Church (the sentence was considered a human rights violation by many international organizations). They claim they were protesting the church leader’s support for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Yesterday the band was beaten by cossacks — who were historically responsible for patrolling borderlands, and are today used as security at the Sochi Olympics — while they performed their protest song “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland.” They were then temporarily detained before being released.

Today they’ve released their music video which contains footage of the brutality. Translated lyrics for the song are below.

$50 billion and a rainbow ray
Rodnina and Kabayeva will pass you the torch
They’ll teach you to submit and cry in the camps
Fireworks for the bosses. Hail, Duce!

Sochi is blocked, Olympus is under surveillance
Special forces, weapons, crowds of cops
FSB – argument, Interior Ministry – Argument
On [state-owned] Channel 1 – applause.

Putin will teach you to love the Motherland.

In Russia, the spring can come suddenly
Greetings to the Messiah in the form of a volley from
Aurora, the prosecutor is determined to be rude
He needs resistance, not pretty eyes

A bird cage for protest, vodka, nesting doll
Jail for the Bolotnaya [activists], drinks, caviar
The Constitution is in a noose, [environmental activist] Vitishko is in jail
Stability, food packets, fence, watch tower

Putin will teach you to love the Motherland

They will turn off Dozhd’s broadcast
The gay parade has been sent to the outhouse
A two-point bathroom is the priority
The verdict for Russia is jail for six years
Putin will teach you to love the Motherland


Motherland
Motherland
Motherland

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