Pussy Riot: “People fear us because we’re feminists”
Laurie Penny meets the Russian punk-protest group.
There are two reasons why we frighten people, says Schumacher, popping a chocolate biscuit into her mouth. The first thing is that were a feminist, female group with no men connected to it, and the second is that we dont have leaders.
These two aspects, the structure that has no leaders and the emphasis on women, these are strongly connected. Russia has always linked the idea of leadership with some man or other, who can control things, and control women. A womans group with no leaders this activism comes from a place people do not recognise, and sets itself up against the structures of power.