You probably don’t have to be more careful when formulating the following sentence: The most exciting concert of the day takes place on Thursday evening in the Funkhaus on Nalepastrasse. Because the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot is expected on stage, which has been the world’s most popular authority for criticism of the Putin regime, the patriarchy and the Russian clergy for years.

The focus of their actions and their music are the suppressed rights of people who do not correspond to the conservative Russian mainstream culture, such as sexual minorities.

Several of the group’s musicians were or are in detention or under house arrest in Russia for various arts and protest actions, and the questionable legitimacy of their arrests has long been a topic for human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

The concert is exciting on the one hand because of the current political situation: Since the Russian attack on Ukraine, criticism of Russia by those affected, i.e. people of Russian origin, has met with open ears. With Pussy Riot, one encounters a group of women experts who can rightly claim that they have long since warned the world about Putin’s aggressive imperialist policies.

Co-founder Nadezhda Tolokonnikova recently criticized the Ukraine war in an interview with the US news channel MSNBC.

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On the other hand, it is exciting because, according to a report in the New York Times, another protagonist of the group, Maria Alyokhina, fled spectacularly from Russian house arrest a few days ago. Disguised as a food delivery woman, she is said to have reached Lithuania via Belarus. According to Tagesspiegel information, she is now in Berlin and is also expected at the concert in the Funkhaus.

And the concert is exciting because of the music, which with a mixture of angry anti-patriarchy lyrics in Russian, stomach-piercing deep bass and distorted electronic sounds shouldn’t leave too much room for interpretation. After all, “riot” means uprising, tumult.


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