Experiments with Truth: Analysis

Here’s the meaning of the scathing new song Pussy Riot debuted on ‘House of Cards’

Russian punk art collective Pussy Riot debuted a new song over the weekend, “Don’t Cry Genocide.” The band released the song in an episode of Netflix’s political drama House of Cards; in the episode, members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina make their acting debut as themselves.

The House of Cards episode centers around the fictional U.S. President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and Russian President Viktor Petrov, clearly modeled after Vladimir Putin. Underwood hosts a state dinner for Petrov, and Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are honored guests at the dinner.

After a tense speech from Petrov, the Pussy Riot members make a toast of their own, saying in Russian, “To Viktor Petrov, whose loyalty runs so deep he’s given his friends half of the country, who’s so open to criticism that most of his critics are in prison, the commander-in-chief who is not afraid of anyone except gays.”

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