Russian police allegedly shut down Pussy Riot video shoot, citing “gay propaganda”

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Today, on the 9th of February 2020, St Petersburg, the Russian police broke into the location where Pussy Riot were filming a video for our next single "БЕСИТ / RAGE". We were accused of "gay propaganda" and "extremism". Russian political police commanded to the studio where we were shooting, "Lenfilm", to cut off electricity in the whole building. Later we've been kicked out of the building - with no legal explanations. The single "БЕСИТ / RAGE" is dedicated to a pain that we - feminists and the queer people - feel being the enemies of the state. "A police baton on my ribs, I'm singing with blood today" - goes "БЕСИТ / RAGE". 150 activists, mostly female or queer, took part in the shoot. We spent $15k on the video production today - and lost them all because of the absurd "gay propaganda" law, and we'll be thankful if you share this info and/or be kind enough to help us to raise the money to make this video happen anyway. paypal.me/xxpussyriotxx venmo: @nadyariot

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Pussy Riot have been targetted by the Russian police once again.

A Pussy Riot music video shoot was shut down by Russian police on Sunday, according to a statement made by the band. Citing Russia’s “gay propaganda”, laws police ordered Lenflim – the studio where Pussy Riot were shooting the video for БЕСИТ / RAGE – to cut off power and forbade the group from bringing in a generator to finish filming. According to the statement, the Russian police accused the group of “extremism” and “making an illegal video.”

Pussy Riot shared a clip of the video alongside the statement, including footage that appears to show the police ordering shoot be closed. “150 activists, mostly female or queer, took part in the shoot” before it was shut down, the band claim. “We spent $15k on the video production today – and lost them all because of the absurd “gay propaganda” law”.

As Pitchfork report, Lenfilm has given a statement to Russian media claiming the police in the video are actors, however, the group have dismissed this saying, “Damn it, if the actor played this, he would have been given an Oscar [sic].” Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws were ruled to be illegal by the European Court of Human Rights in 2017, but are still widely enforced.

Read Pussy Riot’s statement and watch a clip of the БЕСИТ / RAGE video above.