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Pussy Riot members released from prison

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two remaining imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, have been released.

The women were serving a two year sentence for their participation in an anti-Putin performance. Their release comes only two months ahead of schedule, as part of an amnesty law announced by Putin.

Tolokonnikova and her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, said that the amnesty law is a publicity stunt by Putin to bolster his image ahead of the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

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Pussy Riot to be freed under amnesty

According to recent reports from The Voice Project and Russia Today, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot‘s only members who are still imprisoned) are set to be freed under an amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution.

Nadezhda’s husband Pyotr Verzilov has confirmed the two will be among the 25,000 people to be freed but seems unclear as to exactly when it will be happen:

“We do not know yet when this will happen, because it is unclear when the bill will be voted by the Duma and how fast it will be applied to prisons – could be from 2 weeks to 2 months until they are freed.”

We wish the best for Maria and Nadezhda, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details on exactly what their future holds come to light.



Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot) undergoing tests at prison hospital

In somewhat good news, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, is no longer missing after we reported about her unknown whereabouts earlier this month. Unfortunately, it appears that she is currently at Tuberculosis Hospital No 1 in Krasnoyarsk, in western Siberia, undergoing tests for “various conditions” – which some are reporting as being related to her recent hunger strike. Tolokonnikova’s husband, Peter Verzilov, told the BBC he had spoken to his wife for the first time since she initially went missing on Oct. 21:

Mr Verzilov said his wife had told him that conditions at the hospital were much better than at the penal colony in Mordovia, where she had been held previously, and that she had not been beaten during the 26 days she was missing. 

Russian prison authorities issued a statement confirming that “convict Tolokonnikova has arrived to the institution of the Russian prison service in the Krasnoyarsk region”.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details on Tolokonnikova’s current situation come to light.

By now you probably know that three Pussy Riot members were arrested in connection to their “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin, which occurred in February 2012 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.  One member has since been released but two – Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina – still remain in custody and are supposed to be released in March of 2014, having served a two-year sentence on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Pussy Riot solidarity movement, there is a Facebook event with information as well as a Free Pussy Riot website with details about global action.



Pussy Riot member goes missing after prison transfer

According to recent reports, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s (one of two Pussy Riot members who are still imprisoned) family has been unaware of her whereabouts since she was transferred from her penal colony in Mordovia, Russia and moved to an undisclosed location.

Her father Andrei says, “No one knows anything. There’s no proof she’s alive, we don’t know the state of her health. Is she sick? Has she been beaten?,” and her husband Petya believes the Russian government “moved her to a big city to hide her. It seems they got sick of these protests.”

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details on Nadezhda’s current situation come to light.

By now you probably know that three Pussy Riot members were arrested in connection to their “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin, which occurred in February, 2012 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.  One member has since been released but two – Nadezhda and Maria Alyokhina – still remain in custody and are supposed to be released in March of 2014, having served a two-year sentence on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Pussy Riot solidarity movement, there is a Facebook event with information as well as a Free Pussy Riot website with details about global action.



Punk’s Most Wanted: 5 Punks Who Have Landed In Serious Legal Trouble

Despite what society might think of us, not all punks are criminals.  I don’t need to be the one to tell you that most mohawk flaunting, leather jacket wearing so called hooligans are really quite kindhearted, law abiding citizens underneath their tattooed and pierced exteriors.  That doesn’t mean, however, that we’ve all managed to steer clear of trouble.  From noble to downright senseless, below is a list of 5 of punk rock’s more notorious run ins with johnny law man.



Pussy Riot member hospitalized, ends hunger strike

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s 9-day hunger strike has come to an end due to her (seemingly forced) hospitalization. She is also being denied visitation from family members and lawyers, according to her husband Pyotr Verzilov:

The chief doctor officially told me that he was refusing me a meeting with Nadia. They explained it by the fact that her state of health is so bad that she cannot speak with her defense. We have no idea what things can be happening to her now.

If you’re interested in knowing why Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike in the first place, you can read a letter from her, appropriately entitled “Why I Have Gone On Hunger Strike,” right here.

By now you should know that 3 Pussy Riot members were arrested in connection to their “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin, which occurred in February 2012 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.  One member has since been released but 2 still remain in custody, sparking protests around the globe.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Pussy Riot solidarity movement, there is a Facebook event with information as well as a Free Pussy Riot website with details about global action.



Pussy Riot member begins hunger strike, details conditions of penal colony

The Guardian has published a letter from Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova entitled “Why I Have Gone On Hunger Strike.” In this letter, she explains the harsh conditions of the Russian penal colony of Mordovia:

“My brigade in the sewing shop works 16 to 17 hours a day. From 7.30am to 12.30am. At best, we get four hours of sleep a night. We have a day off once every month and a half. We work almost every Sunday. Prisoners submit petitions to work on weekends “out of [their] own desire”. In actuality, there is, of course, no desire to speak of. These petitions are written on the orders of the administration and under pressure from the prisoners that help enforce it.”

Read the letter in its entirety over here.

By now you should know that 3 Pussy Riot members were arrested in connection to their “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin, which occurred in February 2012 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.  One member has since been released but 2 still remain in custody, sparking protests around the globe.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Pussy Riot solidarity movement, there is a Facebook event with information as well as a Free Pussy Riot website with details about global action.



New Video: Pussy Riot – “Like A Red Prison”

Russian activists, Pussy Riot, have released a new video for their song, “Like A Red Prison.” The video takes a big swing at the Russian oil industry and was filmed atop oil mining equipment. You can watch it here.

By now you should know that 3 Pussy Riot members were arrested in connection to their “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin, which occurred in February 2012 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.  One member has since been released but 2 still remain in custody, sparking protests around the globe.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Pussy Riot solidarity movement, there is a Facebook event with information as well as a Free Pussy Riot website with details about global action.



Watch “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” documentary

The recent HBO documentary “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” is now available on YouTube. You can check it out here. Of course, we can’t vouch for whether or not this will stay up, so watch quickly before HBO gets it taken down.

By now you should know that 3 Pussy Riot members were arrested in connection to their “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin, which occurred in February at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.  One member has since been released but 2 still remain in custody, sparking protests around the globe.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Pussy Riot solidarity movement, there is a Facebook event with information as well as a Free Pussy Riot website with details about global action.



Pussy Riot releases racy music video for “Putin Lights Up The Fires”

The Russian feminist punk collective known as Pussy Riot have released a rather racy music video for their song “Putin Lights Up The Fires”.  In true Pussy Riot fashion it features scantily clad chicks beating the crap out of each other fight club style while their compatriots cheer them on.  It’s all kinds of fantastic.

By now you should know that 3 Pussy Riot members were arrested in connection to their “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin, which occurred in February at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.  One member has since been released but 2 still remain in custody, sparking protests around the globe.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Pussy Riot solidarity movement, there is a Facebook event with information as well as a Free Pussy Riot website with details about global action.



HBO is making a Pussy Riot documentary (trailer)

Looks like HBO is going to air a documentary on the recent trial of Russian feminist punks Pussy Riot.  Looks good.  You can watch a trailer for it here.

PS. Sorry Tatiana, my new punk rock internet crush is on Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.