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Pussy Riot Distance Themselves from Released Inmates

Anonymous open letter stresses Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are no longer with the band

The whole Pussy Riot thing just got a little more interesting.

Even as former Pussy Riot members and released Russian prisoners Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are in the midst of a human rights media tour of the United States—which has included appearances on The Colbert Report and at an Amnesty International concert—the feminist punk collective that first put the pair in the global spotlight are now attempting to distance themselves from them.

In an anonymous open letter posted to the Pussy Riot blog, the remaining members of the collective have said (loosely paraphrased from the Russian) that they are happy for the release of Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina and are proud of their resistance, but that the pair’s recent focus on prisoner’s rights is in conflict with the original causes for which the collective stands.

As the BBC interprets the post, it says, “Unfortunately for us, they are being so carried away with the problems in Russian prisons, that they completely forgot about the aspirations and ideals of our group – feminism, separatist resistance, fight against authoritarianism and personality cult, all of which, as a matter of fact, was the cause for their unjust punishment.”

Apparently, the conflict of ideology between the band and the newly released inmates stems from Pussy Riot’s image as an anti-establishment entity—they have built a reputation on staging only “illegal” events in unlikely locations.  The letter indicates that in contrast, Tolokonnikova and Alyohkhina have become “institutionalised advocates of prisoner’s rights.” The inference is that Pussy Riot would never have been part of an organized, ticketed event like the Amnesty International concert.

Even so, the letter wishes the former members well in their new endeavors: “Yes, we lost two friends, two ideological fellow members, but the world has acquired two brave, interesting, controversial human rights defenders.” Tolokonnikova and Alyhokhina formed their own human rights organization shortly after their release from prison.

(Photo: Igor Mukhin/Wikimedia)


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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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