Pussy Riot Releases New Protest Video About Love — Sort Of

Around the Games: Day 13 - 2014 Winter Olympic Games

The members of Pussy Riot are making sure their voices are heard. The group made a new video protesting human rights abuses in Russia that shows members of the group being beaten for taking a stand.

During their protest of the Olympics in Sochi, members of Pussy Riot were detained and hit with horsewhips by authorities. Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was imprisoned for a past nonviolent protest, said, “The Olympics has turned the police state into a total police state and the authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventive arrests. The Olympics has created an environment of sweeping violations of human rights in Russia.”

+ Watch Pussy Riot’s “Putin Will Teach You How to Love.”

The group’s new video features a song called “Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland” and while the lyrics are in Russian, we’ve got the translation. Some of the lyrics include the lines “50 billion and a gay-driven rainbow” and “In prison they will teach you how to obey/Salute to all bosses, hail, duce!” and “The Constitution is lynched.” The $50 billion refers to how much money went into Sochi’s holding the Olympics.

Today Pussy Riot also put on a press conference, thanks to the organization of the groups Cinema For Peace and The Voice Project. The women talked about being arrested and what’s going in with the Olympics in Sochi. In a piece published by the New York Times, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina said, “This story is bigger than the Olympic venues, bigger even than the Olympics. This is a story about the real Russia of today. It exists, and the price of its existence is prison sentences for innocent people who speak out.”

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