Tag Archives: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

The writing on the wall

Russian artist Petr Pavlensky staged a Van Gogh – esque act of self – mutilation last week, cutting off his earlobe with a butcher’s knife while sitting on the walls of the Serbsky psychiatric centre in Moscow. The artist’s action, called … Continue reading

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Drama in the courtroom – and beyond

Last time we’ve heard from Oleg Vorotnikov aka Vor (“thief” in Russian), the self-proclaimed leader of Voina, an artist collective best known for drawing a 200-foot phallus on Liteinyi Bridge in front of the FSB building in St Petersburg, he was … Continue reading

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“Art should heal the world”: Kapkov cancels the Pussy Riot screening, while Anatoly Osmolovsky pens an open letter

At the end of our last post, we mentioned how much we wished we could attend the screening of Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, scheduled for last Sunday at Moscow’s Gogol Center. Granted, we were more interested in hearing Irina … Continue reading

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Black is the New Orange: Post-Prison Pussy Riot

On December 23, Putin made good on the promises made by the amnesty bill passed earlier this month, and released a host of political prisoners, including team Greenpeace and Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, better known as members of the … Continue reading

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“Amnesty” for Pussy Riot, Greenpeace, other political activists?

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Russian Constitution, President Vladimir Putin helped sponsor another primarily decorative gesture: a bill that would offer amnesty to several political prisoners, including the members of Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace activists captured … Continue reading

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Bleak is the New Black: Nadya Tolokonnikova describes life in a Russian penal colony

While we have tried to maintain a critical distance from some of the more outright provocations of and around the Pussy Riot group (for the obvious reason that sometimes indulging the more spectacular aspects of the case keeps the attention … Continue reading

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Miss Charm: Pussy Riot denied parole

This week, both sentenced members of Pussy Riot – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokina – were up for, and denied, parole. Masha – who was forbidden from attending her own hearing – reportedly did not meet parole requirements because she had committed … Continue reading

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