Pussy Riot Interview

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Three female members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band, face seven years in prison if they are convicted on hooliganism charges.  Back in February, they sang a song in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and were subsequently arrested, imprisoned, and refused bail.  We've been following their "trial" this week.  Here's an article by the Guardian on the subject.

Check out this video interview made by Carole Cadwalladr and Khristina Narizhnaya.  They interview 3 members of Pussy Riot who are not in jail:


Here's what Cadwalladr wrote in the Guradian about the video:

"They're not the three young women in jail: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 – or Nadia, Masha and Katya, as they're known. Nobody has been allowed to see them. Not their husbands, families or friends. But Pussy Riot is not just three women. It's a collective of "more than 10" women, including two others who performed in the cathedral and are still at large. And all of them have vanished since the arrests. They've all gone to ground. This isn't surprising given the danger they're in. They've spent five months in hiding, waiting to see if they'll be arrested too. And this is their first interview for western media.

Although they're not the imprisoned women, they don't have to be. That's the intention of the balaclavas – they're meant to be anonymous, indivisible, representative. It doesn't matter which of them got arrested. That's the point – that they're not individuals, they're an idea. And that's the thing that has gripped Russia and caught the attention of the rest of the world, too: that the Russian government has gone and arrested an idea and is prosecuting through the courts with a vindictiveness the Russian people haven't before seen. An idea perpetrated by three young, educated, middle-class women, or devushki (girls), as the Russians call them."