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  • Posted April 22, 2012 by
    Polyrabbit
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    Vilnius, Lithuania
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    Our pussies riot for "Pussy Riot"

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Experimental media team Polyrabbit shot these photos on April 22 in Vilnius, Lithuania, while protesting in support of the jailed Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot. 'Russia with this events sends the world a message they they are in a Middle Ages mentality, it frightens us,' they said. 'In contrary, people like [Pussy Riot] can move Russia, break down a kind of mental isolation and meet the other world.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    First we invited people to come and silently stand near the gates of Russian Orthodox Monastery of Holy Spirit in Vilnius with cats in hands in bright colours of "Pussy Riot".
    Then me, Polyrabbit, and my small team did a silent art - action to support the girls of Pussy Riots near Russian Orthodox Monastery in Vilnius today. We expected to meet more support from people, but passer-byes and prayers were ignorant, suspicious or even unkindly provoking. One man asked us in Russian language many times why  we do it exactly in this place, trying to cause a conflict, and then invited a Monastery  security officer. We explained the officer that we are in public place and just taking photos of ourselves, he was calm, but said we should cross a street at least. We did it. Then an Orthodox priest came to the gates, had a look and disappeared. A man and three women talking among them in Lithuanian language passed us, and then one woman said loudly in Russian that they totally disagree with us. And only one foreigner supported Pussy Riot. We made a photo with him, but he was with a smoking cigarette in his hand, that's why we are not placing it here.

    Now we invite all of you to make photos like these near different Russian Orthodox churches anywhere in different time and post them.
    Why a church? The Russian Orthodox church requires violent punishment for civil Pussy Riot art-action.

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