I want a Pussy Riot musical, and I want it now.

By now I mean after we have ensured the safety of all within their ranks. Nadezha Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and a few non-band members were released today after being held for questioning about a theft in a hotel in Sochi. God willing they blamed the crime on one of Sochi’s feral dogs, the rascals. In typical Pussy Riot fashion, the women left the police station chanting a (presumably pointed and sassy) song about Putin. Of course currently popular thought is that none of the women had anything to do with the thefts. Because of course they didn’t.

In their bid to suppress Pussy Riot’s acts of rock and roll activism, Russia’s creating a monster it can’t control. America loves all things viral, and the band’s been that since go. One of the band members addressed this recent turn of events and said:

It is clear that in Russia activists are treated like terrorists. Inside we were beaten because we didn’t want to say anything without our lawyer. In Russia there’s no law. We were stopped in our hotel, told that somebody had stolen some money, but they detained us for being activists. We did not protest, but they said we planned to.

I tend to wax rhapsodic in a sardonic way about Putin. But that’s because I don’t live in Russia. All the better to appreciate a shirtless man battling wild-life. The reality is that Russia’s climate for making peaceful political change is dangerous and deadly. It’s easy as an American to be hypercritical of their system. We have to be wary not to rest on the easy prejudice that comes with years of unease between the two nations, and a glib Xenophobia that has seemed to tinge the Olympics this year. We have to make sure we go deeper than all of that. Supporting Pussy Riot is a good first step.