Pussy Riot mock Russian official

Pussy Riot frontwoman Nadezhda Tolokonnikova performing in Chaika.
Pussy Riot frontwoman Nadezhda Tolokonnikova performing in Chaika. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO/ RUSSIAN PUNK BAND PUSSY RIOT/ANDREY NOSKOV

MOSCOW • Russian punk band Pussy Riot, which became a symbol of resistance for a church performance slamming President Vladimir Putin, released a new protest song on Wednesday, mocking a senior official for alleged corruption.

Titled Chaika, the satirical song and accompanying video take aim at Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika, whose two sons have been accused of using his position to accrue large fortunes.

Dressed in a navy skirt and jacket with epaulettes recalling his uniform, surrounded by six backing singers in similar garb, Pussy Riot frontwoman Nadezhda Tolokonnikova accuses Mr Chaika of the crimes he is supposed to prosecute.

"I myself am in charge of the fight with corruption - or to be precise, I'm in charge of corruption," she sings. The video, which comes with English subtitles, premiered on the United States website BuzzFeed.

It opens with a woman gorging on a cooked turkey that she tears apart with her bare hands - an apparent symbol of official greed.

It also features mock torture scenes.

Last year, Mr Chaika's sons were the subject of a detailed investigation by opposition politician Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption foundation. The foundation accused Mr Artyom Chaika of involvement in the illegal seizure of a shipping firm and said his younger brother Igor won government contracts in shady circumstances.

Mr Yury Chaika has said the allegations are an attempt by the United States Secret Service to tarnish Moscow's credibility.

Mocking his rebuttal, Pussy Riot chorus: "I'm Russian, I'm a patriot."

The song also explicitly links Mr Chaika's position to his loyalty to Mr Putin.

"If you want to take care of your earthly goods, son, then be true to Putin to the end," it says.

In 2012, Tolokonnikova was sentenced to two years in a prison camp, together with fellow band member Maria Alyokhina, for performing an anti-Putin anthem on the altar of a Moscow church. The pair received amnesty in December 2013, three months before their scheduled release.

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