Government / Moscow / Politics / Russia

Pussy Riot activists – no longer, are they protecting their own?


The two most famous members have departed the band, according to the Pussy Riot website.

This is to be expected. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have been on a public relations tour, paralleling the Olympics in Sochi.  Their brave and truthful comments speak poorly of the Russian government, so it is natural to think Pussy Riot would want to protect themselves from Russian government backlash by separating the anonymous group from the now clearly-not-anonymous activists. 

The two have made waves in public media, increasing their supportors exponentially after their public appearances throughout the United States. They made jokes at Putin’s expense on The Colbert Report and appeared at a concert hosted by Amnesty International in Brooklyn. There statements are inciting public detest  for oppresive Russian government policies throughout the West.

Pussy Riot also accuses the two women of not being in contact with them. However, it would be smart not to contact them directly in order to preserve the group members’ anonymity and not create an excuse for the government to target them. 

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