Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two former members of punk feminist group Pussy Riot whose trial and imprisonment in Russia drew major attention from the West, are suing Russia in the international European Court of Human Rights.
Q: When you’re a human rights activist recently released from prison in Russia and advocating for reform there, where’s the best place to speak to get your message across?
A: An art fair!
Russian police arrested Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina earlier today in Sochi, the New York Times reports.
Ever since their release from prison, Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have received a lot of fawning — and sometimes weird — press and attention. But the latest Pussy Riot story, from Bloomberg News, reaches new levels of sigh-inducing absurdity.
After the passage of an amnesty bill in the Russian parliament last week, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two imprisoned members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot, have been freed.
Those who’ve been following the news out of Russia know that three members of feminist punk collective Pussy Riot are currently on trial for rushing the altar and playing an anti-Putin song in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The women called their song, which is titled “Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Out” and includes a lot of cursing, a “punk prayer.” Authorities arrested Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova after their February performance and charged them with hooliganism and inciting religious hatred. They then spent months in detention until the trial finally began at the end of July.