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Watch Pussy Riot on 60 Minutes

on March 24, 2013, 10:47pm

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The latest episode of 60 Minutes featured a segment on embattled Russian collective Pussy Riot. Last year, three band members were arrested and sentenced to prison after performing a protest song at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

The segment included interviews with two Pussy Riot members: Yekaterina Samutsevich, who was released in October after successfully appealing her verdict, and the group’s drummer, who appeared under the pseudonym “Kot”. Though she was also involved in the church protest, Kot was able to evade arrest by hiding out in the group’s practice space.

Kot said she agreed to participate in the interview because she considered it an act of protest. “I’m here to say you shouldn’t give up,” she explained. “What happened to us is unacceptable.”

The segment also featured interviews with Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, as well as chess champion Garry Kasparov, who’s a supporter of the group, and a Russian government spokesman. The segment closes with footage of Pussy Riot members performing in their practice space, confirming that the group does indeed remain active underground.

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