Pussy Riot attempts to support Eric Garner in new song ‘I Can’t Breathe’

Fusion

What we talk about when we talk about Pussy Riot has changed, dramatically, in the years since the group first appeared in mainstream U.S. news in 2012. Back then, three members wound up on trial for an act in which they performed the song “Punk Prayer” in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, leading to their arrest and charges including “hooliganism.”

Up until that point, “Pussy Riot” had remained an anonymous, masked collective, largely focused on radical feminism and using music mostly as an easy means to quickly get a message across. They weren’t really a band, proper, despite how media interpreted their artistic output.

In the ensuing years, what Americans refer to as “Pussy Riot” has really become the pair of Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova (they even appeared at Fusion’s own Rise Up event last year). And while Pussy Riot was more of a radical art collective before…

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