Pussy Riot

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.

Anna Politkovskaya Trial: Same Script, Different Cast

Victoria Sadler | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

When it comes to journalists who criticise the Putin regime though, murder rather than jail seems to be the sad result. Over a dozen journalists have been killed since Putin came to power in 1999. Like Anna's, their cases also remain unsolved.

Elton John Joins Pussy Riot: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Live Aid

Neil Durkin | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

The new 100-strong musicians' letter on behalf of the still-jailed Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is a wholly good thing. And it is. It's not about whether I'd listen to music from this enormous body of artists (though I would in a few cases), but ... well, you know what I'm saying. It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it.

Putin and Mandela

Damon Boughen | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

As Nelson Mandela lies ailing in a Pretoria hospital, hundreds of miles away in a courtroom in Kirov, Russia, history may have repeated itself. With the conviction of Alexei Navalny under arguably dubious circumstances, Vladimir Putin has cast aside the strongest threat to his presidency. Yet, he may have also unwittingly strengthened the opposition's hand.

Jessica Elgot

Fury In Moscow As Demonstrators Protest Jailing Of Putin Nemesis

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK

Under the fading sun, thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Moscow to decry the jailing of popular anti-Kremlin politician Alexei Navalny - a...

Pussy Riot Back on Tour: Band Seizes Oil Rigs in New Music Video

Patrick Reevell | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Reevell

Russian punks Pussy Riot are back- members of the group have staged their first major action since the cathedral "punk-prayer" that got them arreste...

Believe In Equality? Then You're A Modern Feminist

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The feminist landscape is an ever-changing one and the connotations of being a feminist continually being redefined. So what is it to be a feminis...

Pussy Riot at Meltdown

Julian Vigo | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Julian Vigo

This past weekend during Yoko Ono's Meltdown festival, I sat down to discuss with Emely Neu her recent curatorial project and text, Let's Start a Pussy Riot (Rough Trade, 2012). Neu shares with me her work with Pussy Riot and talks about the perpetually changing definitions and performances of activism and artistic practices.

Caroline Frost

Pussy Rioter Reveals Fear For Jailed Bandmates At UK Film Premiere

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Entertainment

The freed Pussy Rioter told a UK audience last night that she has to contact her jailed bandmates anonymously through other people, now they are servi...

Pussy Riot: Not Sponsored by Nike or Coca-Cola

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

I was at a gig in south London last week when, so to speak, my day job popped up. One minute I was "chillaxing" (as I believe the kids and the prime minister like to say) to some genial indie rock, the next ... I'm listening to a longish poem about Russian authoritarianism.

Ten Questions Putin Won't Be Answering During His Televised Q&A

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I'm not a Russian citizen but I nevertheless have a few questions for him. I'd like to imagine he'd have a go at some of these if they come up among the two-million-odd questions he's likely to be sent this week, but somehow I doubt it. So here are my ten questions I think Vladimir Putin won't be answering during the Q&A.

Banned From Russia?

PA | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Madonna could be banned from returning to Russia - after she spoke out in support of gay rights and the feminist punk group Pussy Riot. The singing...

Why Are Russian Communists Branding Stoned Fox 'A Serious Danger To The Country's Youth'?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK

An artist whose taxidermied fox earned internet fame in Russia after sparking a bushel of memes has been branded an “anti-soviet” and a “Russoph...

Russia's Lawyers Are Caught in the Tentacles of Official Criminality

Neil Durkin | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The financial meltdown in Cyprus has re-surfaced longstanding allegations that Russian mafia money has been laundered through Cypriot bank accounts, converting cash from criminal sources into gleaming super-yachts in Limassol Marina. It's another apparent instance of Russian criminality stretching its tentacles into all manner of unlikely locations.

Two Women Detained for Pussy Riot Action in Moscow Cathedral, One Year After 'Punk-Prayer'

Patrick Reevell | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Reevell

Two balaclavered women have been detained for staging an action in support of Pussy Riot in Moscow's Church of Christ the Saviour, exactly on year after the punk group held their "punk-prayer" in the cathedral.

Pussy Riot's 2012 Overture: A Year on From the Cathedral Stunt

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A year later it all seems quite surreal. Did it really happen? Did the authorities seek the arrest of the Pussy Riot women and actually put three of them on trial charged with the serious offence of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", a crime carrying a possible seven-year jail sentence? And were they really jailed? Sadly, of course, the answer is a triple yes.

'No More Homophobe!': Topless FEMEN Protestors Celebrate Pope's Resignation (VIDEO, PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK

The resignation of the head of the Catholic Church has been greeted with a show of flesh by topless FEMEN protesters. A handful of women stormed P...

Is Pussy Riot Big Enough to Lay Claim to Its Own Name?

Ilya Kazi | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Tech
Ilya Kazi

The story should act as a stark warning to those hungry for fame. Anyone eagerly queuing up for 'talent show' auditions or bands gigging furiously, determined to be the 'next big thing', would do well to remember that the right to use and commercially exploit their name cannot always be guaranteed.

Charlie Thomas

EXCLUSIVE: Pussy Riot Faces Fight For Trademark In The UK

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Russian punk band Pussy Riot has less than three months to contest a trademark application which would allow lingerie, beachwear and other clothing, a...

Was 2012 The Year It All Went Wrong For Free Speech?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.12.2012 | UK

Was 2012 the year it became too risky to post a risqué joke on Twitter? It was the year of the mob rule on social networking, when trolls attacke...

Let's All Get Naked! Femen and Muslim Women

Ioannis Toutountzis | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Politics
Ioannis Toutountzis

Political statements such as 'Muslim women let's get naked' are problematic to say the least, as they represent quite a black and white, essentialist view of what feminism is and how to achieve the goals it aspires to realise.

Feeding the Russian Opposition

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

How do you change things? Patiently. You invest in people. You build communities around liberal ideas. You nourish dissent. Happy 20th anniversary, Moscow School of Political Studies.

Topless FEMEN Members In Nuns Habits Storm Same Sex Marriage Protests In France

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK

Topless FEMEN protestors wearing nuns habits stormed French protests against gay marriage this weekend. More than 100,000 people organised by Cath...