Russian punk band take aim at oil industry in new track

Pussy Riot have revealed the inspiration behind their new anti-Putin track ‘Like A Red Prison’.

The video – which you can watch by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking – is their first performance in almost a year, and sees the Russian punk band dancing on an oil pipeline wearing their trademark neon masks.

The clip shows portraits of figures the band believe have exploited Russia’s energy industry by showing them tied to pumps and smeared with oil. It includes images of former KGB agent Igor Sechin, who is now chairman of Russian oil company Rosneft. It also targets Alexander Bastrykin, who signed arrest warrants for Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich for their ‘punk prayer’ in a Moscow cathedral last year.

The song itself, meanwhile, compares Putin to the “Ayatollah in Iran“, in addition to accusing the politician of being homophobic due to the county recently passing anti-homesexual legislation.

In a note seen by NME, Tolokonnikova said: “If you’re ready to submit to the will of the bureaucrats, then probably you can count on a quiet life. Maybe they won’t take your business, maybe they won’t throw you in jail. But, frankly, you wouldn’t like to bet on it.”

Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are currently serving two year sentences for breach of public order motivated by religious hatred. The sentences were handed to them in August 2012. It was reported earlier this month that the pair would be appealing against their sentences to the Russian Supreme Court, while Alyokhina will also appeal against a decision to refuse her parole in a prison colony in Russia’s central Urals region on July 24.

Alyokhina recently went on hunger strike for 11 days after being denied permission to attend her parole hearing in prison. She spoke to NME exclusively from prison via videophone about her strike and revealed that she will not try and flee Russia when she is released. Click here to watch that video.

Renowned figures in the music and film industries have pledged their support to Pussy Riot with the likes of Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney both appealing to Putin to secure their release. A third member of the group, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was also imprisoned but had her sentence suspended in October.