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Pussy Riot Members Visit Colbert Report: Watch

First trip to U.S. as human rights ambassadors

The two members of Pussy Riot recently released from prison in Russia (Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina, to be specific) arrived on U.S. soil this week to talk about human rights issues, giving many Americans their first glimpse of the real people behind the story that has captivated the global music community regarding the issues of free speech and human rights.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are two of three members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot who were imprisoned in Russia two years ago on charges of “hooliganism” after their anti-Putin demonstrations in a Moscow church. They were released in December under an amnesty bill endorsed by Putin, which some believe to have been a PR tactic to improve Russia’s image in advance of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The two are to be featured speakers tonight (Feb. 5) at Amnesty International’s “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert event at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY—a concert that will feature performances by The Fray, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill and others.

Last night, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina appeared on national American television for the first time on The Colbert Report, and proved that not only have they not lost their sense of humor through their imprisonment, but that they can hold their own with the likes of Stephen Colbert even with an interpreter, while still getting their message across.

Since MIMO has followed these developments with interest over the past couple of years, we wanted to share the interview here.  Perhaps most striking about this conversation is their calm demeanor and their continued fearlessness in defying the Russian president, even after imprisonment. Take a look.

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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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