“This is a trial of the whole government system of Russia, which so likes to show its harshness toward the individual, its indifference to his honour and dignity,” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, one of the trio on trial said in an impassioned statement. “If this political system throws itself against three girls … it shows this political system is afraid of truth.”
“I am not scared of you,” Alyokhina told the court. “I’m not scared of lies and fiction, or the badly formed deception that is the verdict of this so-called court. Because my words will live, thanks to openness.”“
-Pussy Riot’s closing statement
Perhaps every rebel kid (myself included) thinks that one day, were they in court for Fighting The Good Fight, this is what they’d be brave enough and eloquent enough to say. These women said it. Three riot grrls in pastel ski masks went full Giordano Bruno against the forces of Putin.
Tolokonnikova is wearing a shirt an anti-fascist slogan from the Spanish civil war. No Pasaran. They Will Not Pass. I am tearing up.
The 2010’s have been when our political rebellion became art and our technology became myth.
Wow. Just… Wow.
I defy anyone to read these words, look at this image, think about what these women are doing and the way they are doing it and not feel their heart in their mouth.
This here is a glimpse of human beings at our finest, the brightest and bravest we can be, in the shadowy clutches of faceless authority - human beings at our most monstrously dangerous.
“…live as if the world was as it should be, to show it what it can be.”
This is what three persons look like, people. These are the heroes we need.