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Wads of Cash, Roasted Turkey, and Corrupt Russian Officials: Watch Pussy Riot’s Latest Vid

Pussy Riot's latest video jabs at the country's prosecutor general.

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A woman with short, spiky hair sits alone at a table adorned with grapes, watermelon, and a roasted turkey, which she is clawing apart with her hands. When she glances up from her meal to stare at the camera and shove a handful of meat into her mouth, the look in her eyes is almost sensual.

So begins the latest music video released by Pussy Riot, the feminist, anti-Kremlin Russian punk band that became an international sensation in 2012 after its members were arrested for releasing a different music video, titled “Punk Prayer: Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!”

In that video, they performed on the steps of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior to protest the Russian Orthodox church’s support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova who leads Wednesday’s video, was one the band members sentenced to prison for hooliganism and religious hatred released but later released with amnesty in 2013. Seven women are featured in the group’s latest daring clip, which proves that the band still isn’t scared of backlash from Putin.

The new song, “Chaika,” is named for Russia’s prosecutor general, who is at the center of a massive corruption scandal that includes accusations his sons used their father’s position to win nefarious government contracts and illegally seize a shipping company. 

As Pussy Riot wrote in a YouTube post with the video, the lyrics were “inspired by the biggest political story in Russia: the recently uncovered bloody criminal connections and unbelievable corruption of Russia’s top law enforcement official, the General Prosecutor Yuri Chaika.”

In case there was any question as to where Pussy Riot stood on the issue, Wednesday’s song will clear that right up. The entire band is dressed in women’s versions of Chaika’s uniform, with Tolokonnikova up front to address the camera.  “I myself am in charge of the fight with corruption — or to be precise, I’m in charge of corruption,” she raps.

Pussy Riot’s lyrics mock the Chaika family, which is loyal to Putin and has denied its members are involved in corruption. Earlier this week, Chaika was assigned to investigate his own sons’ alleged malfeasance.

At one point the band pretends to take prisoners and puts bags over their heads, then binds, gags, and waterboards them.

“It’ll look like an accident, you’ll be fed to the fish,” Tolokonnikova sings. “We’ll bury alive anyone you wish. We’ll find nice jobs in prison for anyone who’s too smart.”

And the chorus? “I’m Russian, I’m a patriot,” sometimes with the added “I choose to do business here, not in Europe where they got gay people.” (Russia has come under international scrutiny for its harsh anti-gay legislation.)

Throughout the video, Tolokonnikova and her crew throw wads of money in the air, caress a golden loaf of bread, and pretend to be Chaika offering advice to his sons.

“You wanna get away with murder? Be loyal to your boss,” she suggests.  “Son, if you do worry about the material things in life, then be loyal to Putin forever.”

Watch the video below:

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