Pussy Riot members accused of blasphemy and hatred of religion? […] The true blasphemy is the state accusation itself, formulating as a crime of religious hatred something which was clearly a political act of protest against the ruling clique. […] What is Pussy Riot’s modestly obscene provocation in a church compared to the the gigantic obscene provocation of the state apparatus which mocks any notion of decent law and order?Was the act of Pussy Riot cynical? There are two kinds of cynicism: the bitter cynicism of the oppressed which unmasks the hypocrisy of those in power, and the cynicism of the oppressors themselves who openly violate their own proclaimed principles. The cynicism of Pussy Riot is of the first kind, while the cynicism of those in power — why not call their authoritarian brutality a Prick Riot — is of the much more ominous second kind. Pussy Riot’s message is: ideas matter. They are conceptual artists in the noblest sense of the word: artists who embody an Idea. This is why they wear balaclavas: masks of de-individualization, of liberating anonymity. The message of their balaclavas is that it does not matter which of them got arrested — they are not individuals, they are an Idea. And this is why they are such a threat: it is easy to imprison individuals, but try to imprison an Idea! The panic of those in power — displayed by their ridiculously excessive brutal reaction — is thus fully justified. The more brutally they act, the more important symbol Pussy Riot will become. The result of the oppressive measures is that Pussy Riot are a household name literally all around the world. It is the duty of all of us to prevent that the courageous individuals who compose Pussy Riot will not pay the price for their becoming a global symbol.