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German Doctors: Pussy Riot Poisoning 'Highly Plausible'

Pyotr Verzilov is expected to recover

(Newser) - German doctors treating a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot said Tuesday that claims he was poisoned are "highly plausible," but stressed they can't say how this might have occurred or who was responsible, the AP reports. Pyotr Verzilov has been receiving intensive care since arriving... More »

Severely Ill Pussy Riot Member 'Poisoned for Political Reasons'

Pyotr Verzilov is being flown to Berlin

(Newser) - A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a severely ill fellow activist was being taken to Germany on Saturday for treatment after his suspected poisoning. Maria Alekhina tells the AP that Pyotr Verzilov was being flown to Berlin, but she did not give details. Independent news site... More »

Pussy Riot: 'We Think He Was Poisoned'

Russian activist Pyotr Verzilov can no longer walk, activists say

(Newser) - Pyotr Verzilov, an activist long associated with protest group Pussy Riot, is in intensive care and may have been poisoned, members say. Verzilov, ex-husband of Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was one of four activists who stormed the pitch in police uniforms during the World Cup in July before issuing... More »

After Soccer Stunt, Members of Pussy Riot Get Punishments

15 days in a jail, plus a 3-year ban from sporting events

(Newser) - Four members of Pussy Riot who ran onto the field during the World Cup soccer final will spend 15 days in jail. Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova, and Petya Verzilov also are banned from attending sporting events for three years, reports ABC News . The four took advantage of the... More »

Pussy Riot Issues Demands

Russian protest group claims responsibility for World Cup rushers

(Newser) - "Hello everyone from Luzhniki field, it's cool here!" So tweeted Pussy Riot after claiming responsibility for four people who rushed the World Cup final field Sunday in Moscow, the Washington Post reports. The one man and three women briefly stopped play by appearing in police uniforms,... More »

France Wins, Pussy Riot Zings

France beats Croatia 4-2 in exciting World Cup victory

(Newser) - France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot, the AP reports. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and... More »

Church Cigarette Stunt May Mean Jail for Russian Woman

She's charged with 'insulting the feelings of religious believers'

(Newser) - A young woman in western Russia picked the wrong time to be "insulting," as a controversial law approved by President Vladimir Putin in 2013 describes it. Or more likely, the 21-year-old is deliberately provoking authorities. Her crime? She posted a photo of herself lighting a cigarette with a... More »

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 »

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