Pussy Riot

  • Pussy Riot Criticise Australian Justice In Sydney Talk
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    Pussy Riot Criticise Australian Justice In Sydney Talk

    Members of the Russian activist band and feminist collective Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, have criticised Australia’s justice system and human rights record during a talk at Sydney’s Festival Of Dangerous Ideas over the weekend. Earlier this week, there were calls for the pair to boycott the festival entirely because of its links

  • Freed Pussy Riot Members Suing Russian Government
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    Freed Pussy Riot Members Suing Russian Government

    The two freed members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina (pictured), are to seek compensation for their 2012 imprisonment by suing the Russian government in the European court of human rights. The group’s imprisonment followed their controversial “punk prayer” protest in a Moscow cathedral. The Guardian reports that Tolokonnikova and

  • Pussy Riot Headline Sydney’s Festival Of Dangerous Ideas
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    Pussy Riot Headline Sydney’s Festival Of Dangerous Ideas

    The Sydney Opera House’s sixth Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) will host talks with former members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot when the event begins in August. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina (pictured), who remain vocal critics of Russian president Vladimir Putin‘s regime, will speak at the festival. In one talk, titled Russia Is

  • Pussy Riot Disown Freed Bandmates In Open Letter
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    Pussy Riot Disown Freed Bandmates In Open Letter

    Six members of Russian punk rock activist group Pussy Riot have signed an open letter, published on their Livejournal page, insisting the recently released Maria Alyokhina (Masha) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nadia) are no longer members of the Pussy Riot collective. The authors of the letter claim the two had forgotten about the “aspirations and ideals

  • Pussy Riot Members To Appear At Amnesty International Concert
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    Pussy Riot Members To Appear At Amnesty International Concert

    Recently released members of the Russian band Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina will appear at Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert next month in Brooklyn, to speak about their experiences as prisoners of conscience. The two women were released from a Russian prison last month, under an amnesty bill, after serving 21

  • Pussy Riot Speak To ‘Russia’s Paris Hilton’
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    Pussy Riot Speak To ‘Russia’s Paris Hilton’

    Despite being free of Russian prison camps, where according to one Pussy Riot member, prisoners work 12-hours a day for “between one and 10 euros for a month’s work,” the girls of the art-punk group have now faced off with a far deadlier and more fearsome adversary: Russia’s Paris Hilton. The recently amnestied Maria Alyokhina

  • Pussy Riot Activist Maria Alyokhina: “I Was Always Free, Because I Felt Free”
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    Pussy Riot Activist Maria Alyokhina: “I Was Always Free, Because I Felt Free”

    Recently amnestied 25-year-old member of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina has told reporters that she always “felt free” during her imprisonment in a Russian penal colony. Alyokhina insisted that Pussy Riot would go on, though wouldn’t go into specifics without the other members of the group present. “You know, I was always free, because I felt

  • Pussy Riot Slam Prison Release As “PR Stunt”
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    Pussy Riot Slam Prison Release As “PR Stunt”

    Two imprisoned members of Russian art-punk protest group Pussy Riot were released from prison yesterday, promising to use their newly granted freedom to fight for human rights, with one member labelling the recent amnesty bill which secured the activists’ freedom, a Putin-led “PR stunt.” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, whose family reported as missing last month following a

  • Putin Frees Pussy Riot Members Despite “Disgraceful Behaviour”
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    Putin Frees Pussy Riot Members Despite “Disgraceful Behaviour”

    Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, 25, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, have been freed from prison almost two years after their arrest. Speaking to reporters at a news conference yesterday, Russian President Vladamir Putin confirmed their release after the passing of an amnesty law earlier in the week. The amnesty bill, which

  • Pussy Riot To Be Freed As Early As Today
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    Pussy Riot To Be Freed As Early As Today

    Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot could have their two year prison sentences cut short and be released as early as today, following Russian parliament’s passing of a wide-ranging amnesty law earlier in the week. Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were arrested for staging an impromptu punk performance in Moscow in 2012, while the third

  • Putin May Grant Amnesty To Pussy Riot Members
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    Putin May Grant Amnesty To Pussy Riot Members

    Russian media is reporting an amnesty bill drafted by President Vladimir Putin could free thousands of Russian prisoners, including the two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot. The bill, which Putin has submitted to parliament, outlines Russia’s biggest amnesty in 20 years, in order to mark the Russian constitution’s 20th anniversary on Thursday.

  • Missing Pussy Riot Member Found In Siberia
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    Missing Pussy Riot Member Found In Siberia

    Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has reportedly been found in a Siberian penal colony, after the 23-year-old went missing following a prison transfer three weeks ago, which her husband says was done to silence Tolokonnikova’s criticism of the Russian prison system. Rolling Stone reports that the Pussy Riot member is now in a penal

  • “Missing” Pussy Riot Member Punished With Siberian Prison Transfer, Says Husband
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    “Missing” Pussy Riot Member Punished With Siberian Prison Transfer, Says Husband

    Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova, previously reported as missing by family members, has been located after two weeks of no information about her whereabouts, with the political activist being sent to a new penal colony in Siberia, over 4,500km away, according to her husband. Pyotr Verzilov took to Twitter saying he had received information

  • Jailed Pussy Riot Member Is Missing
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    Jailed Pussy Riot Member Is Missing

    Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has reportedly disappeared following a transfer to a new prison facility 10 days ago. Tolokonnikova was moved from a Mordovia prison camp and since then, her family says, they have been unaware of her whereabouts. “No one knows anything,” Tolokonnikova’s father Andrei told BuzzFeed. “There’s no proof she’s alive,

  • Jailed Pussy Riot Member Maria Alyokhina Hospitalised After Hunger Strike
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    Jailed Pussy Riot Member Maria Alyokhina Hospitalised After Hunger Strike

    Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been hospitalised in relation to the imprisoned activist’s hunger strike. Alyokhina began the hunger strike last week after being denied her parole. According to Pyotr Verzilov, husband of Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina has been moved to the hospital of her prison colony in Berezniki, Perm Krai, Russia.

  • Paul McCartney Supports Pussy Riot, Sends Russian Officials Handwritten Letter
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    Paul McCartney Supports Pussy Riot, Sends Russian Officials Handwritten Letter

    Paul McCartney has taken it upon himself to write to Russian officials in a show of support for the incarcerated members of activist punk group Pussy Riot. According to McCartney’s official website, the former Beatle decided to take action after learning that imprisoned Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina will go on a hunger strike after

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