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Could it actually be happening? After more than a year of protests, photo montages, a documentary and a huge cultural uproar, could the phrase "Free Pussy Riot!" actually come to fruition?  Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist performance art group easily identified by their rainbow-colored ski masks, was pushed to the forefront of an international feminist revolt after a peaceful performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior to highlight the corrupt ... Read More
“Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.” These are the words of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, art activist and member of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot. 14 months ago, she, along with two other members of the group, were arrested under charges of “hooliganism” following a guerrilla performance in a cathedral. After serving ... Read More
  Breaking news: Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina was just denied parole, for the second time since the band's initial arrest. This comes after she declared a hunger strike yesterday in protest of unfair treatment by the Russian court system. Maria wasn't allowed to attend her own hearing in person - she was told to watch it via video link from her prison colony, which she said violated her rights. Have you had enough of the Russian government's ... Read More
Bullshit news of the day from Russia: Pussy Riot member Marina Alekhina will remain behind bars despite her appeal for release and and deferral of her sentence on the grounds that she needed to look after her five-year-old son. The city court in Berezniki stated that the reason for her denial was that her circumstances had already been taken into account during her initial sentencing.  Amnesty International representative David Diaz-Jogeix ... Read More
One of two members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot jailed in August for an anti-Putin performance has been moved to solitary confinement.   Prison officials stated that Maria Alekhina, 24, requested the move for her own safety; Russian site Lifenews specified that other inmates threatened Alekhina following a heated discussion about religion. Band mate Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on appeal in October, but Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova ... Read More
  One member of Pussy Riot is free, but two remain in prison. Today, an appellate court in Moscow set one of the three jailed Pussy Riot members free, but upheld the two-year prison sentences of the other two women, according to the New York Times. A three-judge panel of Moscow City Court upheld the guilty verdict against all three women on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, for their anti-Putin “punk prayer” protest performance ... Read More
“Free Pussy Riot” as a slogan is approaching meaninglessness-by-repetition, like when you say “banana” so many times in a row that you forget it’s a word. But despite the echo chamber effect of its proliferation, the demand itself hasn’t lost value as a legitimate goal. Protesters all over the world have shown support for the punk group jailed for criticizing their government and offending the church in the process – two ... Read More
The three women of the radical Russian protest band Pussy Riot will hear the verdict of their trial on Friday, and we urge you to come out and hear their words on Thursday at a Free Pussy Riot public reading in New York. These women would be imprisoned on charges of "hooliganism" for their church-staged protest of Putin and the Russian government. The women, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, face up to three years in jail, a ... Read More