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Pussy Riot ‘Punk Prayer’ praised by Sundance jury

Pussy Riot ‘Punk Prayer’ praised by Sundance jury

A documentary about jailed punk band Pussy Riot, who became a household name after their controversial act at Russia’s main cathedral, ‘Pussy Riot—A Punk Prayer’ has won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award in America. The Russian and British co-production, directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, […]

Crosses chopped down: ‘Anti-church hysteria’ spreads across Russia

Crosses chopped down: ‘Anti-church hysteria’ spreads across Russia

Four Orthodox Christian crosses have been chopped down in different parts of Russia. The incidents come after the Femen movement attacked a cross in Kiev to protest the sentence of the punk band Pussy Riot, who received two years in prison. Three crosses have been taken down in the Urals’ Chelyabinsk Region, and one in […]

Pussy Riot trial: Day of ovations (Op-Ed)

Pussy Riot trial: Day of ovations (Op-Ed)

Their names are thundering across the globe. Their supporters view them as patron saints of the Russian opposition. Their opponents see them as Satan’s spawn. But with the end close, I can’t help but wonder: was the show really worth the hype? There we were, hot, sweaty, irritated after many hours of pushing and shoving […]