Moscow, May 29 '09. Voina group interrupts court hearing by punk concert

 

Y.Samodurov, left, and A.Yerofeev, right, waiting for their prison sentence
Y.Samodurov, left, and A.Yerofeev, right, waiting for their prison sentence


Voina's host interrupts and announces the "ACAB" oi! song
Voina's host interrupts and announces the "ACAB" oi! song


"Cock In the Ass" oi! band hitting it in the courtroom
"Cock In the Ass" oi! band hitting it in the courtroom


Voina activists start a rowdy punk slam in the Taganskiy court
Voina activists start a rowdy punk slam in the Taganskiy court


Police and court clerks join Voina activists in the ACAB punk slam
Police and court clerks join Voina activists in the ACAB punk slam


Police officer prepares Voina activist for crowd surfing
Police officer prepares Voina activist for crowd surfing


Voina activist takes a courtroom stage dive during the law-resisting oi! slam
Voina activist takes a courtroom stage dive during the law-resisting oi! slam


During the May 29 2009 hearing of the Yerofeev - Samodurov case in the Taganskiy court in Moscow Voina group organized a punk concert of the "Cock In the Ass" [Hui V Ochko (rus.)] oi! band, interrupting the hearing set to send 2 leading curators of contemporary critical art in Russia to prison.

MOSCOW, May 29 - Two organizers of the "Forbidden Art" exhibition in Moscow, Yury Samodurov, an expert in the art of critical provocations, and Andrei Yerofeev, Russia's top curator, face 5 years in prison on charges of inciting hatred and religious enmity after the public prosecutor supported the united plea of nationalist and Orthodox bigots, who are widely supported by the Putinist junta.

One year before, in May 2008, Voina set up a road block in front of the Prosecutor's Office in the action "Censorship SUX!" to mark Yerofeev's questioning on this case.

Courtroom no. 204 of the Taganskiy court was overfilled on the mourning of May 29th and at around 1 pm, as the public prosecutor started to read the 150-page indictment, Voina's host interrupted, announcing that now the punk collective "Cock in the Ass" will perform its hit "All cops are bastards" [Vse menti ublyudki] from the new album "PLEN" [Rus. acronym for "Fuck the Police Those Motherfucking Bosses"].

Instantaneously, guitars and stage equipment appeared from backpacks of Voina activists, who were in the courtroom audience and the band played "All Cops Are Bastards - You ought to remember that". In the middle of the Oi! song police broke in and started an authentic punk slam alongside Voina activists, prosecutors, lawyers and defendants.

Police were weary of detaining participators of the punk slam and Voina activists due to an announcement before the punk show that all was paid for this case's judge Svetlana Yuryevna Aleksandrova.

"Not guilty" verdicts are hardly ever voiced in Russia's courtrooms, who tend to rely on unprofessional police investigations, public prosecutors and strict orders from the top. Respect for the law must not be a principle for today's activist in Russia, since all elements of law enforcement function together to strengthen the power of the Putinist regime. President D. A. Puppy Bear failed to bring the slightest independence to Russian courts.

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Photo reports in blogs (Russian): Plucer, Lavrentij

In its actions the Voina group has previously attacked various institutions of state and capitalist power in contemporary Russia: a police station in the "Cop Humiliation In His Own Domain", a gigantic chain supermarket in the "Decembrists Commemoration", the White House of the nation's parliament in the Revolution Day pirate siege.

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