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12.22.13 Marina Galperina

UPDATE: Both Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot have been released from prison. Read the latest updates here. Previously: It’s been several days since President Putin suggested that he will pardon the feminist, artist, activist punk band members Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova. Right now, Tolokonnikova is in a prison hospital. Alyokhina’s release process may begin tomorrow, but we’ve been […]

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12.18.13 Marina Galperina

Earlier today, the Russian parliament unanimously passed a Putin-backed amnesty law (446-0). Tomorrow, when Putin signs it and the state-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta prints it, the law will be official and proceedings for the release of jailed Pussy Riot members and the Greenpeace Arctic 30 should technically commence. Technically, the release process could take up to six […]

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12.10.13 Andy Cush

A nationwide amnesty in Russia could mean freedom for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, the two Pussy Riot members currently serving two-year sentences for their crime of singing a seconds-long protest song inside of a church. The Putin-backed bill is intended to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution, and aims to free female prisoners […]

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11.05.13 Marina Galperina

After jailed Pussy Riot anti-Putin activist band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote a widely-published open letter regarding the inhuman conditions and abuses in her prison colony, she had gone missing. For nearly two weeks, her family could not reach her. Tolokonnikova’s partially-disowned husband now says she has been relocated to penal colony number 50 in Nizhny Ingash, way […]

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09.23.13 Kyle Petreycik

It’s been over a year since members of the Russian feminist punk rock band/protest art group Pussy Riot were each given two-year prison sentences for nothing more than 40 seconds of dancing inside of a Russian Orthodox Church. Today, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova declared a hunger strike in response to unjust treatment and inhumane conditions at Penal Colony […]

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07.31.13 Marina Galperina

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013) These women are in a prison labor colony because they danced in a church for a few seconds and made YouTube video with a punk song about the president how many times do you I have to tell you this story seriously it’s so important why haven’t you watched […]

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07.24.13 Julia Dawidowicz

This morning, Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina was denied early release from prison, after appealing to be let off on parole. She was transferred to a prison closer to Moscow this morning, where she will apparently have to complete the remaining quarter of her 2-year sentence for committing heresy hooliganism several seconds of dancing in a church to a […]

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07.01.13 Marina Galperina

Nothing says “Free Pussy Riot!” quite like Putin pasties on a hairy barrel chest. We’re crammed in tight just off Fifth Avenue prepping for the Pride Parade and my giggling, balaclava’ed neighbor flicks the pasty-Putin’s nose. The tassels spin. Hours earlier in St. Petersburg, 40 gay rights activists were attacked by 200 nationalist thugs. They were […]

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03.27.13 Marina Galperina

Oh, just so you know, this has absolutely nothing to do with anything Pussy Riot stands for, except for the blatant hijacking of their signature balaclavas and the “Free Pussy Riot” song Peaches wrote for Pussy Riot. Every possible explanation that lingerie brand’s ad department is seeding into the YouTube comments by dropping the FreePussyRiot.org […]

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03.18.13 Marina Galperina

After the public trial and imprisonment of Pussy Riot, two of the activists are currently serving two years in some of the most dangerous and notoriously decrepit prison work camps in Russia… for 40 seconds of dancing in a church. According to activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s husband Peter Verzilov, Tolokonnikova spends eight hours a day sewing these outfits. Things weren’t exactly cool […]

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