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Pussy Riot Takes Jabs at Russian Justice Officials in 'Chaika' Video: Watch

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot
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Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot answer questions after meeting with U.S. senators, including Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) at the U.S. Capitol May 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Pussy Riot's new "Chaika" video takes aim at Russia's prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika, with lyrics of corruption and cronyism delivered with equal parts disturbing and tongue-in-cheek imagery depicting the Russian justice system. 

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Chaika, who has been linked to the country's mafia, is at the center of the protest song that was produced by TV on then Radio's Dave Sitek, with lyrics that translate to, "Be humble, learn to obey, don't worry about material stuff / Be loyal to those in power, 'cause power is a gift from God, son."

The accompanying video directed by Andrey Fenochka and Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova shows the band dressed as government officials performing a mix of torture rituals and eerily stiff dance moves. 

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In a statement the band said the song was inspired by a documentary by anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny that "uncovered a level of criminal ties and corruption yet unseen in Russia."

"Corruption and criminal connections have become so common around Putin and his friends that 82% of Russians who have heard this story believe it to be very typical for the way the Russian government operates," the band said. "'Everyone steals and kills in the Kremlin!', most Russians think. Corruption is everywhere and Russians are getting sick of it, but Putin uses government-controlled TV stations to convince people that the biggest threat to Russia is not the existence of Putin and officials like Chaika, but Western values."

Watch the video here: