Pussy Riot

Has Our Generation Lost Faith?

VV Brown | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
VV Brown

Has our generation lost the conviction too question what we stand for anymore ? Do we even believe in anything that has merit, and when I say merit, I mean a strong conviction, that robs us away from that awful saturated celebrity fat...

Pussy Riot Whipped And Pepper Sprayed By Cossack Militia

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

Cossack militia wielding batons, whips and what appeared to be pepper spray have violently attacked members of Pussy Riot in Sochi. The punk politi...

Pussy Riot Members Arrested In Sochi

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Both members of Pussy Riot, along with the activists and journalists arrested with them, have been released - all wearing their trademark neon...

Clare Balding Trolled On Twitter For Olympic 'Sell-Out'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment

Clare Balding has been attacked on Twitter for her perceived 'sell-out' of presenting television coverage of the Winter Olympics. Clare, who is ga...

Get Into the Groove: Why Pussy Riot Should Start Doing Disco Songs

Neil Durkin | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova's campaigning in Russia has always involved a recognition of the need to properly respect women's and LGBTI people's rights and with the Sochi Winter Olympics and its extremely gay-unfriendly backdrop just days away, I hope that Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova can be enticed to knock out a few disco tunes.

WATCH: Gerard Depardieu Gets Sharp End Of Pussy Riot's Tongue

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Entertainment

Pussy Rioters Nadezda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have been making the most of their recent freedom, speaking forth on a variety of topics dear ...

Understanding Putin (Defining Deviancy Down)

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

How to square all this? If you want to understand Putin, understand three things...

Out in the Cold: Russia and the Sochi Winter Games

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

By signing so much dissent-strangling legislation, by playing to the most reactionary elements in Russian society, by crushing popular protest and by harassing civil society, Putin is dragging Russia away from its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to respect freedom of opinion and expression.

Pussy Riot Are Finally Free, But What About Mikhail Kosenko?

Naomi Westland | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

When Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova was freed this week in Putin's much-reported prisoner amnesty, she accused the Russian government of merely putting on "another show ahead of the Olympics...such is their big desire to prevent all European countries from boycotting our [Games]."

Pussy Riot Released From Prison

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The jailed Pussy Riot bandmates are free today under a controversial amnesty, after they were imprisoned for hooliganism for an anti-Putin punk protes...

Why is Putin Pardoning Khodorkovsky Now?

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

There are surprises in politics and there are shocks. Today's announcement from Putin that he is pardoning Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of the original oligarchs and long-time enemy of Putin, most definitely qualifies as a shock.

Pussy Riot Will Soon Be Free... Speech in Russia Will Not

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

Whilst the amnesty granted to the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina - is to be welcomed, we must view it for what it is: a political stunt by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Jessica Elgot

Pussy Riot And Greenpeace Activists Given Amnesty

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace Arctic 30 could be free within days, after the Russian parliament granted both groups amnesty in a far-reaching new law....

Caroline Frost

'Pussy Versus Putin' - The Insider's View Of Taking On The Kremlin

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

"Pussy... Riot." "It's a tender word for a woman, with disturbance on the streets.... soft but rigid." Thus, in a few short words, do a group of...

Greenpeace Activist Says Jail Term Could End Hopes Of Having Children

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

British Greenpeace activist Alex Harris has described the "moment of panic" of her and her fellow campaigners, upon realising that a lengthy sentence ...

One Law to Rule Them All: Why Is Russia's 'Hooliganism' Law so Controversial?

Robert J Lee | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Robert J Lee

As far as I can tell the only solution to the current state of the law would be if politicians in Russia could more clearly define the range of crimes that fall under the "hooliganism" label so that visitors would have a more clear idea of what would constitute an infringement.

Got Balls? Scrotum-Nailing Performance Artist Pavlensky Does

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

Last week, a stark-naked Petr Pavlensky hammered a huge nail through his own scrotum, affixing it to the stone pavement in front of Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square. Over Skype this week, Pavlensky and I discussed why he isn't planning any more similar protest stunts in the near future.

City Stewards Confiscate 'Free Pussy Riot' Banner (PICTURE)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Sport

Manchester City stewards confiscated a "Free Pussy Riot" banner displayed during the club's Champions League win over CSKA Moscow. The banner was a...

Fears Grow For Missing Pussy Riot Member

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The family of one of the jailed members of the Pussy Riot protest band have revealed they are unaware of her location after she was moved to a new pri...

'Slave Labour, With Women Treated Like Cattle'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK

Pussy Riot's youngest member has described the "Stalinist" conditions in the Mordovia work camp where she is imprisoned, seeing other prisoners stripp...

Piss-Poor - The Russian Authorities' Understanding of Pussy Riot

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

One of the last times I posted something on Pussy Riot I was waxing lyrical (literally) on what I saw as the underlying radicalism of Pussy Riot's situationist-style art-cum-music stunts. I reckon it's pointless looking at them as "political musicians", still less as a musicians trying to carve out a career in the music industry.

Edward Snowden, Pussy Riot and Gays in Putin's Russia

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

Russia's recent anti-gay 'propaganda' law has been hitting the headlines around the world, but it's only one of a number of laws that have placed a ch...

Jessica Elgot

INTERVIEW: Pussy Riot's Katya Samutsevich

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

Freedom is only the first battle for Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich. The Russian punk pioneer, radical artist and gay rights campaigner is t...

One Year On: An Open Letter to the Women of Pussy Riot, Still Defiant

E.V. Crowe | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
E.V. Crowe

I wanted to write to you on the anniversary of your sentencing 17 August 2012, to tell you that we haven't forgotten, and that we stand with you as well we can, and that you're not alone. Nothing will repair or compensate for the time you have had to spend expending energy on surviving prison rather than pursuing your cause, but I don't think it has been in vain.

Searching for Snowden and Finding Pussy Riot...

Agnes Callamard | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Russia's seeming benevolence towards a man hunted for speaking a truth he felt the world should know, stands in sharp contrast to how it deals with its own citizens who dare to raise their voices. The irony of the Kremlin's tacit acknowledgement that those who speak out on matters of serious public interest deserve protection will not go unnoticed by Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova. It will not be overlooked by scores of people across Russia who find their ability to speak increasingly restricted since Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency.