Pussy Riot

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Pussy Riot's English Debut: 'I Can't Breathe'

Video is an ode to Eric Garner

(Newser) - As one might expect from a couple of veterans of Vladimir Putin's fun camps , Pussy Riot isn't exactly going gently into the night. Rather, they're roaring ashore in America with their English-language debut, and "I Can't Breathe" doesn't stop to ask if it's... More »

Pussy Riot Will Be in House of Cards

2 members to appear in next season of Netflix show

(Newser) - Two members of Pussy Riot are set to appear on the next season of House of Cards, production insiders tell Baltimore's City Paper . Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were on set in the city last week, a source at the paper says. The Huffington Post notes that the Russian... More »

Pussy Riot Members Assaulted Again

They're doused with green antiseptic inside a McDonald's

(Newser) - More retribution for Pussy Riot : Two members of the band were attacked by unidentified men on a trip to campaign for prisoners' rights. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest against Vladimir Putin, were doused with green antiseptic yesterday by five... More »

Pussy Riot Arrested Again in Moscow Protest

As 7 are imprisoned over 2012 protests

(Newser) - Less than a day after Russia closed out its Sochi Olympics , it's up to its old tricks: Two members of Pussy Riot were detained, this time as they demonstrated outside a Moscow court where seven people who protested against Vladimir Putin in 2012 were sentenced to up to four... More »

Whip-Wielding Russia Militia Roughs Up Pussy Riot

Members get roughed up at performance, though no one was arrested

(Newser) - Things got nasty in Sochi today when Pussy Riot tried to perform an anti-Putin protest song. Cossack militia members descended on six members of the group (this time including one man) just as they were starting to perform, reports AP . Video shows the officers using horsewhips and roughly pulling the... More »

2 Pussy Rioters Briefly Detained Over Sochi Theft

Police say the women were released 3 hours later

(Newser) - Not long after their release from prison, two members of the Russian band Pussy Riot have again been detained, NBC News reports. This time, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were accused of theft, tweeted Tolokonnikova: "On the 16th we were detained for 7 hours, on 17th we spent 10... More »

Pussy Riot Members May Run for Office

Newly freed pair also match wits with Colbert

(Newser) - Two newly released members of Pussy Riot tell the New York Times that they're kicking around the idea of running for political office in Russia. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, currently visiting the US as part of an international tour, also made clear that they have no intentions of... More »

Pussy Riot to Form New Group

It's a human rights group called Zona Prava

(Newser) - It seems prison only put more fire in the bellies of Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. While they continue to be no fans of Vladimir Putin, in a press conference today the two announced their new focus: forming a human rights group to fight for prison reform,... More »

Pussy Riot's Alyokhina: 'I Was Always Free'

Punk rocker talks frankly about prison, amnesty, future

(Newser) - If Vladimir Putin expected the pardoned members of Pussy Riot to fall over in thanks, well, hopefully Santa brought him some oxygen so he can keep holding his breath. Newly free Maria Alyokhina sat down for a Q&A with Rolling Stone , and her answers are as defiant and frank... More »

Pussy Riot Members Freed —Much to Their Displeasure

Maria Alyokhina says she wishes she was still in prison

(Newser) - The high-profile prisoner exodus continues in Russia: The last two jailed members of Pussy Riot were today freed, after being in prison since August 2012. Their sentences were scheduled to end in March. The release came under an amnesty declared by Vladimir Putin , which Maria Alyokhina—the first band member... More »

Putin Pardons One of His Biggest Foes

Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he never asked for pardon

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has freed famous oil-tycoon-turned-Kremlin-critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, after announcing he would do so yesterday. Putin signed a pardon that allowed for Khodorkovsky's release today on the basis of "the principles of humanity," reports the BBC , which confirms Khodorkovsky left prison after eating lunch. Putin's foes... More »

Putin May Free Jailed Pussy Riot Members

Planned amnesty also affects Greenpeace activists

(Newser) - It looks like the two members of Pussy Riot who remain locked up in jail in Russia will be free this month. President Putin plans to release thousands of prisoners under an amnesty to mark the anniversary of the nation's post-Communist constitution of 1993, reports Reuters . Serious criminals won'... More »

Missing Pussy Rioter Found in TB Hospital

She hasn't been sent to Siberian prison

(Newser) - Contrary to recent reports , incarcerated Pussy Riot troublemaker Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has not been shipped off to a Siberia prison—she's been shipped off to a Siberian hospital. Tolokonnikova has been off the grid for a while now, and yesterday, Russia's prison ombudsman said she'd been transferred to... More »

Family of Pussy Riot Member Says She's Cut Off

Husband hasn't heard from her in nearly 2 weeks since transfer

(Newser) - The family of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova accuse Russian authorities of trying to cut her off from them and the outside world, reports BuzzFeed . Tolokonnikova's husband says he hasn't had any contact with his wife since she got shipped off by train to a new prison... More »

Hunger Strike Puts Jailed Pussy Rioter in Hospital

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova hasn't eaten in five days

(Newser) - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been moved to the medical ward at the Mordovia penal colony, after five days of refusing to eat, Russian state-run media reported today. The 23-year-old Pussy Riot member declared that she was going on hunger strike after her request to move to a different prison was denied.... More »

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Declares Hunger Strike

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova says prison conditions are too harsh

(Newser) - A member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, currently imprisoned for protesting against Russian President Vladimir Putin, is declaring a hunger strike. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova says the prison hardships have become just too much to bear. Newsy reports: More »

McCain Rebuts Putin, Just Not Where He Had Hoped

Publishes open letter to Russians on website

(Newser) - As promised , John McCain responded to Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed with a piece in the Russian press today. But— as was pointed out before McCain's piece even appeared—the website McCain wrote for isn't exactly the Russian equivalent of the NYT. McCain originally said... More »

Pussy Rioters Stage Secret New York Meeting

Fara and Shaiba remove their masks at feminist book store appearance

(Newser) - Two of the remaining free members of Pussy Riot held a secretive meet-and-greet with activists and sympathizers at a New York City feminist book store, even removing their trademark masks as a sign of trust. The meeting was only publicized through word-of-mouth, with invitees ordered to keep it off social... More »

Pussy Riot Member Ends Hunger Strike

Maria Alekhina says prison officials met her demands

(Newser) - A Russian activist says that a jailed member of the punk group Pussy Riot has ended her 11-day hunger strike after prison authorities met her demands. Maria Alekhina had complained that officials at her prison colony in the Ural Mountains attempted to turn fellow inmates against her with a security... More »

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Goes on Hunger Strike

Maria Alyokhina refuses to participate in parole hearing

(Newser) - One of the still-jailed members of Pussy Riot has declared a hunger strike, RIA Novosti reports, after a Russian court denied Maria Alyokhina access to her own parole appeal. She had been participating via video, but when denied transportation to the courthouse, she refused to keep participating and prohibited her... More »

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