Pussy Riot – Stalin is not dead

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The women from Russian feminist punk-rock Pussy Riot secretly wrote each other letters while in pre-trial detention. The letters show how pressure was used to manipulate the trial and to divide the punk band.

In Russia, female prisoners who are spying on their fellow inmates usually are called Nassjedka (mother hens). They badger their victims until they confess being guilty, or give away secrets and/or betray their friends. The informers expect an early release or improvement of detention conditions.
Pussy Riot
              Jekaterina Samuzewitsch (left)        –        Nadeschda Tolokonnikowa (middle)        –        Maria Aljochina (right)

Irina Orlova is such a mother hen, housed in a cell with Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, the eldest of the 3 imprisoned Pussy Riot members. Samutsevich probably being the weakest of the three women, maybe because she is a lesbian and is therefore likely to be more fearful than the others of being arrested in a female prison camp.
Orlova intensively cared for Samutsevich. She cleaned up the small cell, ordered Samutsevich’s hair and prepared food for her.

With Orlova’s help a whole team of colleagues creating suspicions amongst the activists trying to influence the trial. From the start, Russian agents kept the band and those associated with it under observation in order to destroy the Pussy Riot myth and play off the imprisoned activists against each other.

“Watch out for Irina Orlova,” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the band’s 22-year-old spokeswoman, warned her colleagues and she added:

“No admission of guilt, and no cooperation with the government and the investigators.”

Stalin is not dead, he changed his name into Vladimir Putin.

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