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02.18.14 Marina Galperina

A few hours ago, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina were walking down the street in Sochi when they were detained by the police for alleged hotel theft. Along with several activists and journalists who recently arrived to the Winter Olympics site, they were roughly shoved into vans. “We are not resisting arrest; they […]

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02.11.14 Molly Crabapple

Last week, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, formerly of Pussy Riot, were the center of a cocktail party fundraiser for the VOICE project, an NGO that ran their legal fund. I say “center,” rather than “hosts.” Nadya and Masha smiled for the cameras, paid tribute to Russian political prisoners, then disappeared upstairs. Their appearance lasted […]

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02.06.14 Marina Galperina

“We’re not here to define or decide for Pussy Riot. We are just two people that spent time in jail for participating in a Pussy Riot action,” Nadya Tolokonnikova told the Barclays pressroom, flanked enthusiastically by Amnesty International reps and their celebrity spokespeople du jour, hours before the big show. We didn’t know it yet, […]

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02.05.14 Andy Cush

In advance of their appearance at tonight’s Amnesty International concert at the Barclays Center, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of Pussy Riot appeared on The Colbert Report last night to discuss Vladimir Putin, Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws, their release from prison, and the upcoming Sochi Olympics. They are excellent interviewees. Watch both segments below. […]

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01.27.14 Andy Cush

Pussy Riot, fresh out of prison, is set to make an appearance at the Barclays Center February 5 for an Amnesty International benefit concert. Certain members of Brooklyn’s Russian Orthodox community, predictably, are not happy about it. Serge Lukianov, an Orthodox priest, called the event “satanic,” and called it appalling that “people are making them into […]

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01.21.14 Marina Galperina

Keeping the fires of their post-prison fame alive, two members of Pussy Riot, recently released from labor camps, are coming to Brooklyn to play the Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Barclays Center on February 5. ‘We are happy to support Amnesty International’s work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners,’ said Nadezhda […]

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01.09.14 Marina Galperina

Since Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were forcefully released from the prison camps, they have been busy. There have been television interviews, family dinners, photo shoots… Serving two years for a few seconds of dancing in church to an anti-Putin protest song, Pussy Riot denounced the early release Putin extended to them as a “disgusting” “cynical” […]

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12.26.13 Marina Galperina

Pussy Riot’s punishment was Putin’s warning — to them, and to Russia’s entire new-found protest culture. Pussy Riot have always been radical in their art practice, but prison made Pussy Riot stronger, more politically precise and completely fearless. This is the face of resistance — in the spotlight — balaklava not required. Against her will, Pussy Riot’s […]

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12.23.13 Marina Galperina

Activist Maria “Masha” Alyokhina was released hours ago, and she has already performed the first post-prison action on behalf of her activist art collective/feminist punk “band” Pussy Riot. She lit fireworks outside of her hard penitentiary colony in tribute to her fellow prisoners, as documented by Reuters but explained by Masha herself to Rain TV over a […]

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Marina Galperina

According to Kremlin-run news agency Russia Today and other Russian media, Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina has been released from prison, just minutes ago. However, the circumstances are bizarre. Her lawyer confirmed the release, despite Alyokhina’s desire to stay in prison. According to Russian-language tweets from @gruppa_voina, Alyokhina was escorted out of jail via a Federal Penitentiary Service vehicle and her lawyer was unable to […]

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