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Two Pussy Riot members detained over protest in Siberian city

Russian police on Monday detained two members of Pussy Riot after they staged a protest in support of a jailed Ukrainian filmmaker in a Siberian city. Maria Alyokhina, one of the punk rock group’s members previously jailed for a protest against President Vladimir Putin, wrote on Twitter that she and Olga Borisova were being held in Yakutsk. Alyokhina tweeted that they had been taken to a police station after protesting in support of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who is serving a 20-year term for “terrorist” offences in Yakutsk, almost 5,000 kilometres (3,000 miles) east of Moscow. “We’re in Yakutsk police station No. 2,” Alyokhina wrote.
Borisova, in a video from a police car posted on Twitter, added: “We’re going to the police station… on suspicion of committing an administrative offence, (holding) an unsanctioned rally.” Alyokhina on Sunday posted photos and a video of their brief protest on a bridge, calling Sentsov’s case “one of the key political cases in the history of our country.” For the protest, the women donned the group’s signature colourful balaclavas and held flares and a sign saying “Free Sentsov.”

via france24: Two Pussy Riot members detained over protest in Siberian city

siehe auch: Aktion für inhaftierten UkrainerPussy-Riot-Mitglieder wurden festgehalten. Maria Alechina von Pussy Riot saß bereits in einem russischen Arbeitslager. Jetzt wird sie bei einer Protestaktion erneut festgenommen, zusammen mit einer weiteren Aktivistin. Doch nach einigen Stunden kommen die beiden Frauen wieder frei. Zwei Mitglieder der russischen Künstler-Punkband Pussy Riot sind mehrere Stunden lang festgehalten worden, weil sie in Sibirien öffentlich die Freilassung des ukrainischen Regisseurs Oleg Senzow gefordert hatten. Über Facebook teilte Olga Borissowa mit, nach ihrer Festnahme durch die Polizei seien sie und Maria Alechina nach mehreren Stunden wieder freigelassen worden, weil die Polizei Dokumente falsch ausgefüllt habe.
Das hätte ein Richter festgestellt und beide Frauen wieder freigelassen, schrieb Borisowa. Zuvor hatte Alechina über Twitter mitgeteilt, dass sie gemeinsam mit Borissowa zu einer Polizeiwache in Jakutsk gebracht worden war. Borissowa hatte ebenfalls auf Twitter ein Video aus dem Streifenwagen veröffentlicht. Darin sagte sie, sie seien festgenommen worden, weil sie mit der “nicht genehmigten Kundgebung” eine “Ordnungswidrigkeit” begangen hätten. Alechina hatte bereits am Sonntag Fotos und ein Video von ihrem kurzen Protest auf einer Brücke in Jakutsk veröffentlicht. Dabei bezeichnete sie den Fall Senzow als “einen der politischen Schlüsselfälle in der Geschichte unseres Landes”. Die Mitglieder von Pussy Riot gehören zu den prominentesten Kritikern des russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin.

Neues Video von Pussy Riot: Gayropa und viel Korruption

In ihrem neuen Clip rechnet Pussy-Riot-Sängerin Nadja Tolokonnikowa mit dem System Putin ab. Die doppelgesichtige, rote Möwe hängt in bester Sowjet-Manier an der Wand, davor steht eine junge Frau, die der Comic-Version einer Gulag-Aufseherin ähnelt. Ihn roten High Heels und mit Schmollmund ruft sie in die Kamera: „Je größer Russland ist, desto mehr kann ich abzocken!“ „Tschaika“, russisch für Möwe, hat Nadeschda Tolokonnikowa ihr neuestes Stück genannt. Vier Jahre ist es her, dass die Frontfrau von Pussy Riot in der Moskauer Erlöserkirche ihre Anti-Putin-Punkparolen vom Altar heruntergeschrien hat; ein Jahr verbrachte sie dafür in einem sibirischen Straflager. Korruption auf allen Ebenen Jetzt hat die 26-Jährige ihre Ansichten über das System Putin erneut in eine musikalische Generalabrechnung gegossen. Die Möwe, die sie besingt, ist jener Mann, der im Zentrum eines der größten russischen Justizskandale Russlands in jüngerer Vergangenheit steht: Jurij Tschika, der Generalstaatsanwalt des Landes, soll über Jahre hinweg gemeinsame Sache mit dem organisierten Verbrechen gemacht haben.
Erst vor kurzem hat Menschenrechtler Alexej Nawalny enthüllt, dass Tschaikas Sohn, auf dessen Konto Millionen lagern, sein Vermögen hauptsächlich über kriminelle Machenschaften verdient haben soll – darunter sei auch ein Mord, der von seinem Vater gedeckt worden sei, so Nawalny. (…) Der Zweck des Video sei es die Menschen wachzurütteln, sagt Tolkonnikowa. „Das Amt des Generalstaatsanwalts ist zu einer perfekt etablierten Unterdrückungsmaschine geworden, die wie geschmiert läuft”, sagt sie in einem Interview mit Vice – und die meisten Russen fänden das mittlerweile sogar normal. Viele meinen, so die Pussy-Riot-Sängerin, dass die Korruption und die Verbindungen zu kriminellen Organisation typische Phänomene seien, die es brauche, damit die russischen Behörden die Ordnung im Land wahren können

via kurier: Neues Video von Pussy Riot: Gayropa und viel Korruption

siehe auch: Hier könnt ihr euch das Video zum neuen Pussy-Riot-Song ‚CHAIKA’ anschauen. Es ist inzwischen fast vier Jahre her, dass Pussy Riot, die feministische Anarcha-Punkband aus Russland, ihre legendäre Protestaktion/Performance „Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!” in der Christ-Erlöser-Kathedrale in Moskau aufgeführt haben. Seither wurden sie für ihre regierungsfeindliche Haltung verhaftet, verurteilt, inhaftiert und schließlich—nachdem Menschenrechtsorganisationen und internationale Medien sich eingemischt hatten—freigelassen. Nichts von alldem hat sie davon abgehalten, durchgehend Songs, Videos und Artikel zu veröffentlichen, mit denen sie gegen das Putin-Regime vorgehen wollen.

‘Refugees In’ is Pussy Riot’s brutal new video

Pussy Riot have debuted a brutal new music video calling for governments across Europe to embrace migration and let “Refugees In”, while issuing a call for solidarity with migrants’ plight. The video, filmed at Banksy’s art installation Dismaland, is exactly as aggressive and uncompromising as you would expect from the Russian protest group, whose opposition to President Putin led to their imprisonment in 2011. The video repeats the call to let “Refugees in, Nazis out”, calling for Europeans to “fuck the police like we are in Greece”. Debuted exclusively at WIRED 2015 at London’s Tobacco Dock, the video features a mock battle between protesters and riot police, with Pussy Riot’s members caged and masked repeating the mantra “governments here should feel the shame, fucking liars you are to blame”. (…) Tolokonnikova said Pussy Riot’s members intended to travel and build permanent homes for refugees in the near future, having just returned from visiting refugees in Sofia, Bulgaria. “Europe has to think about the best way to integrate with immigrants who are coming from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Russia and everywhere,” she said. “We can’t only send bombs […] but welcome new citizens and work together with them.” “We as citizens must not wait for our governments […] Let’s take control, create networks and use technology to do what our governments can’t do.”
“We have to show immigrants our solidarity.”

via wired: ‘Refugees In’ is Pussy Riot’s brutal new video

‘I Can’t Breathe’: Pussy Riot’s first song in English is about Eric Garner

The Russian punk band Pussy Riot, whose members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova spent nearly two years in a Russian prison for a protest performance at a Moscow cathedral, has released a new song, its first in English. It’s called “I Can’t Breathe,” and as the title indicates, the song is something of a tribute to Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died last summer after New York Police Department officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. “I can’t breathe” were Garner’s last words, repeated and captured on video. “This song is for Eric and for all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror — killed, choked, perished because of war and state sponsored violence of all kinds,” reads a short statement accompanying the new song’s main video.  Largely drawn from a Russian context, the symbolism in the video takes a little bit of unpacking. As they are buried alive in the video, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova are wearing Russian riot police uniforms — “uniforms that are worn during the violent clashes of police and the protesters fighting for change in Russia,” the group explains.

via wp: ‘I Can’t Breathe’: Pussy Riot’s first song in English is about Eric Garner

Pussy Riot Wants a €250K Payout From Russia

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are seeking damages in the amount of 250,000 euros ($336,000) in their case against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights, Vedomosti reported Monday. The women are seeking 120,000 euros in moral damages each, and an additional 10,000 euros between the two to cover legal fees, according to the report. Tolokonnikova and Alyohkina were hit with two-year prison terms in August 2012 for their “punk prayer” performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral earlier that year. They were sentenced alongside a third member of the group, Yekaterina Samutsevich, who was released last October after a court transferred her prison term to a suspended sentence. The Pussy Riot members initially lodged a complaint before the ECHR in June 2012, while their case in Russia was still ongoing. At the time, they complained that various of their fundamental rights had been violated, including the rights to liberty and security and to a fair trial, freedom of expression and the prohibition of torture, all of which are guaranteed by the European Convention of Human Rights, to which Russia is a signatory.

via themoscowtimes: Pussy Riot Wants a €250K Payout From Russia

Pussy Riot band members urge Congress to act on Russian human rights violators

Pussy Riot punk band members Maria Alyokhina (2nd L, in glasses) and Nadya Tolokonnikova (C), along with interpreter Pyotr Verzilov (2nd R), U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) (L) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) (R) talk to reporters after meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS Pussy Riot punk band members Maria Alyokhina (2nd L, in glasses) and Nadya Tolokonnikova (C), along with interpreter Pyotr Verzilov (2nd R), U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) (L) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) (R) talk to reporters after meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. Two members of the Russian dissident punk group Pussy Riot came to the Capitol Tuesday and asked members of Congress to add 16 officials to the list of Russian human rights violators who face U.S. sanctions. Before a throng of cameras and reporters, the women — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina — said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on human rights was damaging that country.

via mydailynews: Pussy Riot band members urge Congress to act on Russian human rights violators

Pussy Riot members officially launch their prisoner’s rights group

Zona Prava is a non governmental organisation founded by the formerly imprisoned activists Maria Alyokhina and Nadia Tolokonnikova. Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina and Nadia Tolokonnikova have officially launched their prisoner’s rights group, Zona Prava – which translates as Law Zone. The duo launched the NGO yesterday (March 13) in Saransk, the capital of Mordovia, writes the Hollywood Reporter. “In our country, as long as cases of prisoners’ rights’ violation take place, we are sure that there will be a need for our organisation,” said Tolokonnikova, who has been vocal about the way she and fellow prisoners were treated after she was imprisoned following 2012’s ‘punk prayer’ protest at Moscow’s Christ the Savior cathedral. Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina went on hunger strike whilst in prison. The head of the group is Vladimir Rubashny, who was introduced yesterday. Rubashny was formerly a prison psychologist. The Cinema for Peace Initiative and Foundation have stated that they will support Zona Prava, and will bring Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova to New York and Los Angeles next month.

via nme.com: Pussy Riot members officially launch their prisoner’s rights group

Russia: Violent attack on former Pussy Riot members must not be tolerated

The Russian authorities must promptly launch an independent and impartial investigation into an apparently unprovoked and premeditated attack in Nizhny Novgorod this morning on human rights activists, including former Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, Amnesty International said. “By all accounts, this violent attack appears to have been premeditated by an organized group. The unidentified assailants chanted slogans, held aloft a banner and filmed the entire incident,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International’s Moscow office. “The Russian authorities must not tolerate such attacks on peaceful activists. They must launch a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into this and all such incidents, and bring those responsible to justice.”

via amnesty: Russia: Violent attack on former Pussy Riot members must not be tolerated

siehe auch: Founding Members Of Pussy Riot Assaulted. Two founding members of the Russian punk performance-art group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, have been assaulted by a group of unknown attackers. Lawyer Yevgeny Gubin says the attack took place at a McDonald’s in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Founding Members Of Pussy Riot Assaulted

Two founding members of the Russian punk performance-art group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, have been assaulted by a group of unknown attackers. Lawyer Yevgeny Gubin says the attack took place at a McDonald’s in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. The attackers threw metallic objects, food, and splashed the two women with the indelible green antiseptic known as “zelyonka.” Alyokhina cut her forehead. Both women suffered eye injuries.

via rferl: Founding Members Of Pussy Riot Assaulted

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Mitglieder von Pussy Riot bei Protesten festgenommen

Bei Protesten gegen Justizwillkür in Moskau sind auch Nadeschda Tolokonnikowa und Maria Aljochina von der kremlkritischen Gruppe Pussy Riot festgenommen worden. (…) . Die Demonstranten protestierten gegen die Verurteilung von acht Kremlgegnern zu jahrelanger Haft.

via n24: Mitglieder von Pussy Riot bei Protesten festgenommen

siehe auch: Russland: Pussy-Riot-Sängerinnen wieder verhaftet. Bei Protesten in Moskau hat die Polizei am Montag mehr als 100 Menschen festgenommen, darunter auch der prominente Oppositionsführer Alexej Nawalny und zwei ehemalige Mitglieder der Aktionsgruppe Pussy Riot, Nadeschda Tolokonnikowa und Maria Aljochina. Tolokonnikowas Ehemann Pjotr Wersilow veröffentlichte über den Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter am Montag ein Foto, das die beiden Aktivistinnen in einem Gefängnisbus der Polizei zeigt. Es handelte sich um eine Kundgebung gegen Justizwillkür. Das Internet-Portal kasparov.ru berichtete von 700 Teilnehmern an der nicht genehmigten Kundgebung, die Polizei sprach von 200.