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Masha Gessen on the Release of Pussy Riot Members

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot' Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (C), Maria Alyokhina (R) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), sit behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow on July 20, 2012. Members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot' Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (C), Maria Alyokhina (R) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), sit behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow on July 20, 2012. ((Getty Images)/Getty)

Journalist Masha Gessen looks at Pussy Riot's arrest and the recent release of two members of the band. She also discusses Vladimir Putin as a leader, gay rights in Russia, and the lead up to the Olympics in Sochi. She's the author of Words will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.

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Comments [2]

Welcome back, Masha. Congratulations on finally accepting that you are not russiian. name a level and you are not russian at that level. (i bet you even prefer vareniki to pelmeni.)
on the other hand, darlings of western intelligentsia like pussy riot and yourself are misguiding the west.
there are countries where hideous evils are the best one can hope for.
Putin is the best that happened to russian people since the fall of the soviet union. which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the russian people.
we must not get upset and offended. Sadam was the best Iraq got. Afganistan had it golden age under russian occupation, by western standards and under taliban by, well, afgani standards...

Jan. 16 2014 02:50 PM
sanych

I have two questions for the author:

1. Why does a VERY adult woman insist on being addressed by her diminutive name.

2. I find the FORM of Pussy Riot protests - whether it is publically having sex at a museum or disrupting a religious service (btw, I am an atheist) - to be very offensive. What I am trying to understanding is WHAT they are protesting against? Of course now it appears that they found a fertile subject - prison conditions in Russia. On the other hand, how many WNYC listeners had experience being a prisoner in any country?

Jan. 16 2014 12:35 PM

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