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An Outward Gaze Unbroken

PORTRAIT OF A PATRIARCH

GAZING PATRIARCH

According to the news agency Interfax, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has set his eminently patriarchal gaze upon feminism as comprising a threat dangerous enough to destroy the motherland:

The Patriarch is a close ally of the motherland’s Big Daddy Putin, a mingling of patriarchal and oligarchical juices brilliantly exposed last year by the performance ensemble Pussy Riot. Incarcerated as a result of the convergence of power and religion around the issue of misbehaving (misbegazing?) young women, Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova recently gave her first interview since her show trial of last year.

Regarding her forthcoming parole hearing, Tolokonnikova said:

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And regarding her life (and gaze) after prison?

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OUTWARD LOOKING GAZES

A RUSSIAN RIOT OF OUTWARD LOOKING GAZES


Free Pussy Riot

With a deep elective affinity for the young women of Pussy Riot, we add our voice to those demanding their immediate freedom. We understand that the suppression of their voices signifies only the tip of a very large iceberg, yet some tips are more revealing than others. Here is the August 16 Letter to Supporters from band member Nadia Tolokonnikova,  followed by a a translation courtesy of EngPussyRiot:

The relevant passage from Kant’s Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone:

PUTIN OBEDIENCE BOX

On the other side of the dialectic, we offer a brief quote from the lengthy disquisition by the presiding judge in this most conspicuous show trial, as provided by the Guardian’s live blog:

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Here is the full text for the punk-prayer that led to Pussy Riot “incrimination”, with thanks again to the Guardian’s live blog feed:

Why is Vladimir Putin so terrified of Pussy Riot? Because they have him, nailed. For such astute and truthful analysis, they must be punished. Russian history is full of brutal kleptocrats pretending to have authority conferred directly by God; in a previous epoch, such individuals were called “czars”.