The Guardian is reporting that Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot were arrested shortly after staging an anti-Putin protests, apparently in the form of a minute-long punk show, in Red Square, opposite the Kremlin. Little is known about the purportedly 30-strong collective, who formed last year after it became apparent that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin intended to run for the Presidency again. Putin was forced to leave the Presidency in favour of the Prime Ministerial role in 2008, as Russia's constitution forbids three consecutive Presidential terms.


As for Pussy Riot, The Guardian describes them thusly:

They decline to reveal the smallest details, aiming to maintain total secrecy. They will say only that most of the band members met at the small protests held by Russia's once-feebled opposition, from monthly illegal demonstrations calling for the right to assembly to banned gay pride marches. Their average age is 25. They are hardcore feminists. Most studied the humanities in university. They won't detail their day jobs.

The eight members involved in this particular protest were released after questioning. The majority escaped with fines, as opposed to the 15 day protesters are often landed with for organising without permission. A member, who goes by the name 'Garazhda', is quoted as explaining, "The revolution should be done by women. For now, they don't beat or jail us as much."

This isn't the first time the group's protests have got them in trouble with the state. Three members of Pussy Riot took to the roof of a jail in which anti-Putin protest leader Alexey Navalny was being held. It's reported that they lit flares and sang too.

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