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Pussy Riot Debuts “Chaika” Video Dissing Attorney General of Russia

In the spirit of hip-hop diss tracks, Feminist Punk band Pussy Riot calls out attorney general Yuri Chaika of their Mother Russia, bringing to light his ties with the mafia and the damage he is doing to their country.

Tolokonnikova raps in the video dressed as a cossack soldier  “Be humble, learn to obey,” with a massive portrait of Putin behind her outstretched legs. The entire video, though deliberately humorous, is also a stern reminder of the corruption that plagues the Russian government. Their methods of prisoner torture, their sleazy ties to unjust organisations, their hatred of the LGBT+ community, and the general totalitarian grasp over the rights of each and every Russian civilian. It’s all highlighted in the video; through the satirical voice of Chaika himself.

“I love Russia, I’m a patriot…” Chaika (Tolokonnikova) repeats several times.

While the song is already causing a stir in Russia, it isn’t as inflammatory as their previous songs against the establishment. According to the band’s publicist on what the reaction will be to “Chaika [the song] isn’t likely to be as intense as the backlash to their breakout hit, ‘Mother of God, Chase Putin Away,’  in which Pussy Riot barged into Moscow’s main cathedral and danced around in front of the altar in February 2012.”  

While the track is infused with sonic beats, providing a classic punk –  similar to other feminist bands such as Bikini Kill – Chaika is more hip-hop than their other tracks due to the DJ scratching and heavy drums, which works well adding a whole new sound to their former Sov Swag. Lyrically, Pussy Riot raps about the corrupt government in russian making a deliberate choice to translate it into English subtitles but keep the song in their own lingo.

One of the members of the band, Tolokonnikova, said in a statement to Pitchfork magazine, “If I compose something in an English speaking country I don’t want to be constrained by the language, to stay within the limits of English. I can create stunning and bizarre rhymes in English, working, in fact, precisely due to that bizarreness.” She said, “We discussed it once with Miss Kittin whose first language is French that it is really wonderful to write using a language which is not your mother tongue and unconsciously come up with paradoxical and amazing phrases. Still I would never agree to write in English only. That is why it came so much to the point to discover Dave who can understand cats and Russians without words.”

Tolokonnikova also spoke with Vice magazine on the importance of Chaika being exposed for the sins against the country, “Chaika is the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. Since he acceded to office in 2006 he has not completed any major investigations. Chaika is something more than a talentless, mediocre official. He personifies a typical modern protagonist—a normal representative of Russian contemporary state mafia.” she continued, “Pussy Riot demands an immediate investigation into Prosecutor General Chaika and his family, as well as an investigation into all the top officials in his office. We hope that the video will help to convince people that we cannot live in a country where its top law enforcement official is the brightest symbol of corruption and murder.”

Chaika is a song which is full of raunch and spirit that proves that while “the revolution will not  televised” it will be sung.

 

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Written by Michele Amira Pinczuk

Michele Amira is a vegan dancer with a love of hummus, hoop earrings, hip-hop. She is also a journalist for The Source magazine who loves writing about the newest in natural curly hair products, politics, geek-gamer culture hipster fashion and hip-hop mixtapes. When she’s not writing about what’s going on around her, she’s talking about it on her hip-hop radio show, The Mecca, at University of Maryland where she is a Creative Writing major.

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