Punk, Political Performance, and Press Freedom – Pussy Riot at MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin

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Russian political punk band Pussy Riot drew worldwide attention with a provocative protest in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, performing a “punk prayer” in front of the altar against the alliance between church and state. As a consequence of this action, Nadeshda Tolokonnikowa and Marija Aljochina were sentenced to two years in prison. The verdict was criticised by politicians, human-rights activists, artists, and church representatives around the world as being disproportionately severe. After two years in Russian prison camps and a number of hunger strikes, the two were released in December 2013, about three months before their sentence was due to expire. Aljochina called their release a “PR stunt” connected to the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

The two activists, now world-renowned, have since that time devoted their time to supporting the freedom of speech and human rights in Russia. They have founded an organisation for the support of political prisoners, as well as an independent news portal. They'll speak with Jo Schück about their projects, their motivations, and their fight for press freedom and the freedom of speech.

Speaker:

Marija Aljochina

Nadeshda Tolokonnikova

Peter Verzilov
 

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