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The Creation of a Crime: Analysis of Different Discourses in the Pussy Riot Debate
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

One of the most significant acts of protest against the rule of Vladimir Putin was staged by the punk group Pussy Riot in Christ the Saviour’s Cathedral in Moscow in February 2012. The protest was one of several actions during the last decade where Russian artists had questioned the role of the Russian Orthodox Church, but this time the role of the Church in relation to the State rule was directly highlighted. This caused strong reactions internationally and in Russia, and there is a need to look into the arguments used in the debate in detail, using discourse analysis. This thesis, therefore, investigates what discourses the most prominent stakeholders – the Church, the State and Pussy Riot – rely on in the public debate around the Pussy Riot performance and the trial. Interconnections between different discourses are also investigated in order to gain a better insight into how religion, politics and popular culture interact in Russia today. The most important conclusion in this thesis is that religion and religious discourse affect legal and political practices in Russia today in ways that are not normally expected in a modern and secular state.

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2013. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Pussy Riot, political protest, human rights, Russian Orthodox Church, ideology, discourse analysis, (DA)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97581OAI: diva2:679329
Available from: 2013-12-15 Created: 2013-12-14 Last updated: 2013-12-15Bibliographically approved

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