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Pussy Riot: 'We Think He Was Poisoned'

Russian activist Pyotr Verzilov can no longer walk, activists say

(Newser) - Pyotr Verzilov, an activist long associated with protest group Pussy Riot, is in intensive care and may have been poisoned, members say. Verzilov, ex-husband of Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was one of four activists who stormed the pitch in police uniforms during the World Cup in July before issuing...

Pussy Riot's English Debut: 'I Can't Breathe'

Video is an ode to Eric Garner

(Newser) - As one might expect from a couple of veterans of Vladimir Putin's fun camps , Pussy Riot isn't exactly going gently into the night. Rather, they're roaring ashore in America with their English-language debut, and "I Can't Breathe" doesn't stop to ask if it's...

Pussy Riot Will Be in House of Cards

2 members to appear in next season of Netflix show

(Newser) - Two members of Pussy Riot are set to appear on the next season of House of Cards, production insiders tell Baltimore's City Paper . Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were on set in the city last week, a source at the paper says. The Huffington Post notes that the Russian...

Pussy Riot Members Assaulted Again

They're doused with green antiseptic inside a McDonald's

(Newser) - More retribution for Pussy Riot : Two members of the band were attacked by unidentified men on a trip to campaign for prisoners' rights. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest against Vladimir Putin, were doused with green antiseptic yesterday by five...

Pussy Riot Arrested Again in Moscow Protest

As 7 are imprisoned over 2012 protests

(Newser) - Less than a day after Russia closed out its Sochi Olympics , it's up to its old tricks: Two members of Pussy Riot were detained, this time as they demonstrated outside a Moscow court where seven people who protested against Vladimir Putin in 2012 were sentenced to up to four...

Whip-Wielding Russia Militia Roughs Up Pussy Riot

Members get roughed up at performance, though no one was arrested

(Newser) - Things got nasty in Sochi today when Pussy Riot tried to perform an anti-Putin protest song. Cossack militia members descended on six members of the group (this time including one man) just as they were starting to perform, reports AP . Video shows the officers using horsewhips and roughly pulling the...

2 Pussy Rioters Briefly Detained Over Sochi Theft

Police say the women were released 3 hours later

(Newser) - Not long after their release from prison, two members of the Russian band Pussy Riot have again been detained, NBC News reports. This time, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were accused of theft, tweeted Tolokonnikova: "On the 16th we were detained for 7 hours, on 17th we spent 10...

Pussy Riot Members May Run for Office

Newly freed pair also match wits with Colbert

(Newser) - Two newly released members of Pussy Riot tell the New York Times that they're kicking around the idea of running for political office in Russia. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, currently visiting the US as part of an international tour, also made clear that they have no intentions of...

Pussy Riot Members Freed —Much to Their Displeasure

Maria Alyokhina says she wishes she was still in prison

(Newser) - The high-profile prisoner exodus continues in Russia: The last two jailed members of Pussy Riot were today freed, after being in prison since August 2012. Their sentences were scheduled to end in March. The release came under an amnesty declared by Vladimir Putin , which Maria Alyokhina—the first band member...

Putin May Free Jailed Pussy Riot Members

Planned amnesty also affects Greenpeace activists

(Newser) - It looks like the two members of Pussy Riot who remain locked up in jail in Russia will be free this month. President Putin plans to release thousands of prisoners under an amnesty to mark the anniversary of the nation's post-Communist constitution of 1993, reports Reuters . Serious criminals won'...

Missing Pussy Rioter Found in TB Hospital

She hasn't been sent to Siberian prison

(Newser) - Contrary to recent reports , incarcerated Pussy Riot troublemaker Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has not been shipped off to a Siberia prison—she's been shipped off to a Siberian hospital. Tolokonnikova has been off the grid for a while now, and yesterday, Russia's prison ombudsman said she'd been transferred to...

Family of Pussy Riot Member Says She's Cut Off

Husband hasn't heard from her in nearly 2 weeks since transfer

(Newser) - The family of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova accuse Russian authorities of trying to cut her off from them and the outside world, reports BuzzFeed . Tolokonnikova's husband says he hasn't had any contact with his wife since she got shipped off by train to a new prison...

Hunger Strike Puts Jailed Pussy Rioter in Hospital

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova hasn't eaten in five days

(Newser) - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been moved to the medical ward at the Mordovia penal colony, after five days of refusing to eat, Russian state-run media reported today. The 23-year-old Pussy Riot member declared that she was going on hunger strike after her request to move to a different prison was denied....

Pussy Riot: Trial Showed Putin's 'True Face'

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova gives interview, says revolution is still the goal

(Newser) - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova may be cooling her heels in a Russian prison for the next two years , but the member of Pussy Riot is still bashing Vladimir Putin and says she has no regrets, if only because "the trial against us was important because it showed the true face of...

Pussy Riot Member Speaks Out as Verdict Looms

She slams repression in Putin's Russia

(Newser) - As the members of punk band Pussy Riot await a verdict that could send them to a labor camp for three years, one of them warns that their trial is a sign of repression in Vladimir Putin's Russia, reports the Guardian . "Our being in jail is a clear...

Pussy Riot Defiant to the End
 Pussy Riot Defiant to the End 

Pussy Riot Defiant to the End

Government is 'afraid of truth,' says protest girl

(Newser) - Punk rockers Pussy Riot might be looking at three years in prison , but that didn't cool their revolutionary ardor yesterday. "This is a trial of the whole government system of Russia, which so likes to show its harshness toward the individual," said 22-year-old Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of...

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