Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova announces new book Read & Rio

Nadya Tolokonnikova, from Pussy Riot, has announced a new book called Read & Riot, set to come out October 9th via HarperCollins. The listing for the book details it as a “guerilla guide to radical protest and joyful political resistance” and goes into Tolokonnikova’s arrests and interactions with the Russian government as an activist and artist. She also has shared an advance excerpt from the book, which is a first-person account about the time she’s spent in Russian jails. Read the full excerpt below.

Pussy Riot Members sentenced to prison for World Cup protest

On July 15th, four members of Pussy Riot rushed onto the field during the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow wearing police uniforms. All four of the members, Veronica “Nika” Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova, and Petya Verzilov, were sentenced to  “15 days in Russian jail,” they are also prohibited from attending sports events for three years.

Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the action in a statement on social media. The collective said it was a protest of Russia’s political and prison systems and they also released a list of demands to the Russian government: free political prisoners, end “illegal arrests at protests,” and “allow political competition in the country.”

Listen to Pussy Riot and Dave Sitek’s new song “Bad Apples”

Pussy Riot have released “Bad Apples,” a new song with Dave Sitek from Tv On the Radio. The group have shared the music video for the song which shows the destruction of many apples. The video was made by Matt Creed. Watch it below.

Pussy Riot announce North American tour

Pussy Riot have announced their first U.S. tour with their “live music performance art.” The Russian feminist art collective will start the tour on March 6th in Chicagoand will continue through cities including Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Boston. The group will be adding dates to the tour as well. See their full itinerary.

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Day For Night lineup has been announced

The other day, Day for Night, the art and music festival in Houston, Texas, announced its 2017 lineup. Among the headliners are Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke, Solange, Justice, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, and James Blake. Also on the lineup are Jamie xx, Pussy Riot, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sky Ferreira, Cardi B, Perfume Genius, Laurie Anderson, Lil B, Jlin, Priests, Mount Kimbie, and Jenny Hval. GAS will also be playing the festival, making it his first show in the United States since 2009. Day for Night 201 will take place December 15-17. See the full lineup here.

On the first day of the festival, there is going to be a summit with talks by Chelsea Manning, Laurie Anderson, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Los Angeles-based artist Lauren McCarthy. After the summit, there is going to be a “Soul Cleansing,” a performance presented by Saint Heron that will feature Solange, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kaytranada. Day for Night also will have 18 installations from artists including Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, and Felicie D’Estienne D’Orves.

A part of the earnings from this year’s Day for Night is going to be donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation to help people in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Last year’s festival featured the first Aphex Twin set in the States since 2008.

Pussy Riot to Sue Russian Government

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two freed members of Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their arrest in 2012 for their “punk prayer.” The Guardian states that the two women are looking for €120,000 ($161272) each in compensation as well as €10,000 in court fees. Both served 21 months in imprisonment, released in December of last year. 

Agora, the human rights legal group representing the two, stated, “They didn’t get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights. Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all.”

Pussy Riot continue their political activism since their release. Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova have since set up an English-speaking Twitter account, initially commenting at Russian censorship.