Supporters of Russia's jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot hit on late Monday the stage of a Moscow night club during the concert of famous U.S. band ‘Faith No More,’ protesting the arrest of Russian band’s members.
Several girls in woven eye-slit masks ascended the stage of the Stadium Live club in Moscow as the musicians of Faith No More band completed the first part of their performanc.
For several minutes, the girls shouted anti-government slogans and called for the release of the jailed Pussy Riot members, having unfolded a banner that called for people to gather at the Tagansky Court of Moscow on July 4, when the trial over the jailed feminists is scheduled to take place.
The audience at the concert expressed mixed reaction to the action with some of the people applauding the girls on the stage, while others booed urging them to leave the stage. No incidents were reported and the security of the club did not interfere.
Legendary ‘Faith No More’ band resumed the concert afterwards performing their song called “We care a Lot.” Mike Patton, lead vocals, and Roddy Bottum, keyboards, wore woven eye-slit masks as they performed the song.
Five members of Pussy Riot band in February chanted a song entitled “Holy Sh*t” against then premier Vladimir Putin. The song in Moscow’s downtown Christ the Savior Cathedral also contained words insulting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. The girls have been jailed since March pending trial.
The performance took place next to the main altar, which is off-limits to all but priests. The group said the performance was a response to Patriarch Kirill’s support for Putin in the run-up to his March 4 election victory. Their actions have been widely condemned by believers and the Church, but supported by some opposition activists and public figures.