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Video Shows Cossacks Whipping Pussy Riot Members in Sochi

Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot seem more determined than ever to use their newfound worldwide renown to bring negative publicity to the Russian government. A  video posted by Sky News shows Cossack militia disrupting an attempted protest by Pussy Riot members during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. As the video portrays, the members in their signature colored masks were just beginning to perform when the Cossacks (who are employed […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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Freed Pussy Riot Members to Appear at Brooklyn Concert Event

Scheduled to speak at Amnesty International concert at Barclay’s Center Feb. 5

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, the two members of Russian art collective Pussy Riot who were recently freed from prison, are scheduled to make an appearance at a human rights concert in Brooklyn, according to a press release from Amnesty International. The human rights organization says the pair will be appearing at a special concert event dubbed “Bringing Human Rights Home” at Barclay’s Center on February 5, where they will […]


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Pussy Riot Members Officially Freed From Prison

Both denounce amnesty as a PR stunt

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two remaining members of Pussy Riot incarcerated in the Russian prison system for “hooliganism”, were officially released from prison this morning under the terms of a widely publicized amnesty bill, according to CNN. But spending nearly two years behind bars has apparently not quelled the defiance of either inmate, nor their disdain for Vladimir Putin. Immediately upon release, both Pussy Riot members decried the […]


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Pussy Riot To Be Freed Under Russian Amnesty

This week, Russia has confirmed that the remaining jailed members of Pussy Riot are to be freed early under the terms of an amnesty bill approved by Parliament in honor of the 20th anniversary of that country’s post-Soviet constitution. But apparently not before Vladimir Putin issued a parting shot. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, as reported by NDTV and NME, Putin (who backed the amnesty bill) emphasized that their […]


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Kremlin Amnesty Bill Could Mean Early Release for Pussy Riot

Could also pardon members of Greenpeace

After all the drama last month surrounding imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and her 3-week disappearance into the Russian prison transport system before turning up in Siberia, a new amnesty bill presented by Vladimir Putin to the Russian Parliament could set her free early, along with Maria Alekhina, the other Pussy Rioter currently behind bars. As NPR reports, the Izvestia (a Kremlin-friendly daily newspaper) first reported the amnesty bill’s […]


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Pussy Riot Inmate Tolokonnikova Turns Up in Siberia

After weeks of silence from the Russian government (and plenty of global speculation) as to her whereabouts, it has been confirmed that incarcerated Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is now in a prison hospital in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, according to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. Vladimir Lukin, Russian presidential human rights ombudsman, confirmed the move to the Interfax news agency: “Tolokonnikova has arrived in the […]


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Pussy Riot Inmate Believed “Transferred” to Siberia

In an update to a story we shared last week in which imprisoned Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was reported “missing” within the Russian prison system…while the Russian government is still giving no official word as to her whereabouts, Tolokonnikova’s husband Piotr Verizlov is saying he has reliable information that she is en route to a penal colony deep in Siberia. Verizlov wrote on Twitter that Tolokonnikova is being transferred […]


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Imprisoned Pussy Riot Member Reportedly Missing

From outward appearances, it would seem the Russian government is weary of all the negative publicity still being generated worldwide by punk feminist collective Pussy Riot in general, and outspoken imprisoned member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in particular. Reports are surfacing that Tolokonnikova has gone off the grid during a transfer out of the penal colony where she was serving time. Family members told Buzzfeed that they have not known of her […]


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The Pussy Riot Verdict, and the Boundaries of Expression [2012 In Review]

The final post in our month-long review of MIMO’s more interesting moments from 2012 comes from our music industry correspondent David Tillman. One of the 2012’s more prominent music stories involved a previously-unknown punk collective in Russia known as Pussy Riot, who suddenly gained international attention from their demonstration in a Moscow cathedral, and their subsequent imprisonment. David asks some important questions about the freedom of expression versus freedom of […]


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Music News Week In Review (Nov. 25 Edition)

It may be Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s still plenty happening in the world of music. (And by that, I mean more than just Black Friday deals at Guitar Center.) Here are a few music news headlines from the past week that you might have missed.   FLAMING LIPS’ WAYNE COYNE SHUTS DOWN OKC AIRPORT It seems like Wayne Coyne gets into our week in review more often than most. Earlier […]


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The Pussy Riot Verdict, and the Boundaries of Expression

When members of the Russian indie-punk collective Pussy Riot went into the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on Feburary 21, 2012 to utter a profanity-laced “unauthorized” public prayer to the Virgin Mary to remove Vladimir Putin from power, their apparent intent was to shock and to draw attention. In that regard, they have certainly succeeded, probably far beyond their expectations. The entire world is now talking about a […]