By Laura Stampler
December 30, 2014

At first, Pussy Riot’s new video of protest looks like a sexy perfume commercial. It is actually a call to action, asking Russian dissenters to demonstrate outside the Kremlin Tuesday for the sentencing of opposition leader Alexei Navlny.

In “Witches of Pussy Riot clean Manezhku,” the camera zeroes in on members Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, joined by other female activists — as they put lipstick on puckered lips, pull stockings up their legs, and fly off on broomsticks to go to a demonstration at Manezhka square.

“This is above all a propaganda video,” Tolokonnikova told BuzzFeed News. “It’s a play on the classic stereotype that for girls/princesses/Cinderellas, the most important thing is a prince/date/man, and the place of the prince is taken by politics.”

Write to Laura Stampler at laura.stampler@time.com.

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