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Pussy Riot Releases “I Can’t Breathe”

From The Root:

Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk rock band that constantly pushes back against its government, has released a new single in English titled “I Can’t Breathe,” inspired by Eric Garner, The Guardian reports.

According to the report, the song is the first one from the group performed in English. Its members, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, have dedicated it to all of those “who can’t breathe.”

It is a dark piece, with both performers dressed in Russia’s riot-police uniforms and slowly being buried alive.

The Guardian notes that the Pussy Riot members wrote the song after they took part in protests over Garner’s death after an encounter with police in Staten Island, N.Y. They dedicated it to the fallen father of six and “all who suffer from state terror—killed, choked, perished because of war and police violence—to political prisoners and those on the streets fighting for change.”

According to The Guardian, the group also declared that the song was a protest against the politics of Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Read more at The Root