Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, among a dozen others, were detained Tuesday in the locale of the 2014 Winter Olympics for their alleged involvement in a theft at the Hotel Adler.
This may be a case of overstatement, but six members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot have let it be known that Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two band members recently released from Russian prison, are no longer part of their collective.
Thanks to an amnesty bill passed unanimously in the Russian parliament, two members of the anti-Putin punk band were released from penal colonies Monday where they had been held for hooliganism. Meanwhile, the Kremlin still wants the world to know Vladimir Putin’s not sorry for imprisoning the “disgraceful” musicians.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist punk band arrested last year after an outspoken performance, has been kept “out of sight” since she was moved from a penal colony in Mordovia, Russia, to an unknown location.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the anti-Putin punk band arrested last year for its performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, announced in an open letter that she had launched a protest Monday in Mordovia’s Penal Colony 14 by starving herself until conditions improved.
In a letter to Russian authorities this week, former Beatle Paul McCartney asked them to release the remaining members of Pussy Riot from prison. McCartney’s missive comes as the punk band’s Maria Alyokhina began a hunger strike after she was not allowed to attend her own parole hearing.
Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot jailed for performing an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral this year, has been transferred to a solitary cell at Berezniki penal colony, apparently at her own request.
“If this political system throws itself against three girls ... it shows this political system is afraid of truth,” a member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot said as a judge set a verdict date on charges that the musicians engaged in hooliganism against the Russian government.
A Moscow judge on Friday ordered three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to remain in jail awaiting trial for an anti-Putin performance in Moscow’s major church, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in February.