Pussy Riot return with new video ‘Elections’, after Putin’s election win

Pussy Riot Elections
Pussy Riot

Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Russian punk group Pussy Riot have released their latest single, ‘Elections’, delivering with it a heavy criticism of Vladimir Putin’s election win on Sunday, which saw him secure his presidency for another six years.

The song features lyrics protesting Putin’s presidency – the longest running theme of Pussy Riot’s music – with lines such as “six years we’re gonna fight, fight / We’re not gonna obey during this term”, a direct reaction to Sunday’s results.

Putin, who first became Russia’s president in 1999, won on Sunday with 76% of the vote. The victory was unsurprising for most, as Russia’s elections have been shrouded with controversy surrounding Putin, who has allegedly prevented most candidates from running against him either by coercion or force; opposition leader Alexei Navalny was even sentenced to 20 days in prison late last year as a result of running against Putin.

See the video below.

The group released the statement below alongside the release of their new video:

“What 18 years of Putin’s power has brought to us?

Arrests, poisonings, tortures, murders of political activists.
Institutional corruption which is HUGE.
Total erosion of democratic institutions.
Giant economic inequality.
Worsening of prison conditions.
Environmental catastrophe in lots of industrial regions of Russia.
Censorship everywhere –  in media, in education, in internet, in people’s heads. Self-censorship, caused by fear.

You should not be deceived, this event on 18th of March is not elections. Falsifications, eliminations of political opponents, Kremlin-controlled media leave no chance to anybody except Putin. “

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