Credit: n/aNo, punk’s not dead. At least that’s the very alive sentiment to take from the three Moscow women that make up part of the riot grrl collective, Pussy Riot, accused of an anti-Kremlin “blasphemous,” “punk prayer” carried out back in February on the alter of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. Still imprisoned as a Russian court refuses to offer the women bail, the Moscow Times is reporting that the three have gone on hunger strike in light of a new ruling that they must prepare their defense against hooliganism charges by Monday (July 9). They are facing up to seven years in jail.

Inciting rage ripples throughout the Moscow arts community, as well as the world, the case is a contentious one, layered with a freedom of speech thread taken a bit too far. ‘Too far’ being subjective, of course. The song the group flashed-mobbed the church with was called “Holy Shit,” and poignantly chastised both the Orthodox Christian church and Russian President Vladmir Putin with lines like “church praises the rotten dictators,” “Drive away Putin!” and an unapologetic chorus:

Holy shit, shit, Lord’s shit!

Meanwhile, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s comments to NME before the group’s arrest continue to echo – “We knew what the political situation was but now we’re personally feeling the full force of Putin’s Kafka-esque machine.” – pro-Pussy Riot protesters are getting additionally arrested outside the Russian court house and the Amnesty International are still calling for the group’s release, citing the women “prisoners of conscience,” not the law. But where do you stand, dear SongLyrics reader?