Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot Members Detained by Police in Sochi

Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova pose after winning a trophy in the category "Most Valuable Documentary of the Year" at the "Cinema for Peace" charity gala in BerlinSOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said they were detained on suspicion of theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi on Tuesday, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty.

Human Rights Groups Commemorate Injustice in Russia

‘Decade of Injustice’ event highlights activists imprisoned by Putin regime

Vladimir PutinHuman rights groups commemorated on Tuesday the 10th anniversary of the imprisonment of Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky and said recent electoral successes by opposition activists offer hope for the future of political prisoners in Russia.

‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’ Mini-Review

I watched HBO's Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer last night. It's a pretty solid documentary, combining new interviews with footage taken from the punk collective's various performances and rehearsals. The documentary is centered around the trial of Maria Alekhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a trio of punk rock activists who engaged in a blasphemous performance at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. They were protesting not only the patriarchal aspects of the church but also the confluence of church and state. Resurrected after being dismantled and repressed by the communists, the church has found an ally in Putin, and that alliance is manifesting itself in problematic ways, according to the lady-rockers. I found the most intriguing aspect of the documentary to be not the tension between Pussy Riot and the state or Pussy Riot and the church, but between Pussy Riot and the people.

CAF Takes It To The Streets

Protesters assail Russian ambassador’s residence for mistreatment of punk band

Shouts of “Putin is the real Pussy” and “Vlad steals V-cards” echoed off the steel barriers of the Russian ambassador’s residence in downtown D.C. Friday as protestors advocating on behalf of imprisoned Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot expressed their ire with the Kremlin.