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Pussy Riot members arrested in Russia (again)

on February 24, 2014, 8:06am

Photo via The Voice Project

For the second time in less than a week, Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina have been arrested by Russian police.

According to The Voice Project, Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were among 100 people detained outside a Moscow court on Monday. They were protesting the trial of eight opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who themselves were arrested in 2012 following a protest on the eve of Putin’s re-election as President. All eight defendants were found guilty and will serve up to four years in prison.

According to The Guardian, Amnesty International has deemed the trial a “hideous injustice” and a “show trial”. The trial was originally supposed to take place last Friday, but critics allege it was delayed to avoid the spotlight of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, which concluded on Sunday.

Six days ago, on February 18th, Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were detained in Sochi. Police held the women for over 10 hours, then over an alleged theft at their hotel. They were ultimately released without charges. However, one day later, on February 19th, they were attacked by Russian police members after performing a protest song in Sochi.

Here are more photos from today’s arrest, via The Voice Project:

pussy riot 1

pussy riot 2

pussy riot 3

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Andre
February 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

With an Effort

Today we will be watching the hands of the conjurer, who fetches rabbits from his hat.
After they were freed from the prison, punk activists Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina gave several interviews in which they revealed new goals in their life – and the first one was the support of prisoners. Tolokonnikova’s letter created a lot of stir and led to inspections of many correction facilities, so it was only logical to conclude that the participant of Pussy Riot, having such an enormous media power, will continue to occupy herself with work on advocacy of human rights.
And at first they actually did it – they came to courts, where the Bolotnaya Square cases were tried, maintained contact with some women prisoners, spoke about conditions in prisons.
And then the conjurer flew up high and landed on another continent altogether. Officially – members of Pussy Riot met Madonna and other stars, gave a “concert”, enjoyed themselves and had some rest. However, we are interested in another part, a third hand, which is always concealed, but brings much more surprises than the other ones.
The girls did not plan any events in Sochi. Moreover, in their first interviews they promised to wrap up their previous activities for some time – even when once they let it slip that they would repeat the concert in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in a day they refuted these words by saying that they were, as they said, misinterpreted – wouldn’t repeat it in the future but would live through their lives again by coming back into the past. Plus, their Olympic oratory – in interview with Sobchak both girls didn’t deny that the Winter Games in Sochi are a symbolic and important event for Russia. They gave no support to Kuban rights activists and it seems were unaware of their existence at all.
But something happened after their visit to the USA. Something went wrong. Now the girls expressly announced in public that they would visit Sochi, they deliberately walked with journalists – to capture on camera anything that might happen to them.
I still want to believe that the Cossack with a whip was not disguised Petya Verzilov (Tolokonnikova’s husband); this would be totally in their spirit. Nevertheless, even if this were a real Cossack, he would absolutely be legally dealt with. He was the one to do more than dozens of thousands of people, preparing the Olympic Games, only his actions came with a negative sign. The provocation worked; meet the “Russian bandits with shoulder straps” as background to all the Western news about the Olympic Games. A biathlete won – the Cossack hit. Hockey players lost – the Cossack hit. Masha and Nadya are already in Moscow and the journalists still are making photographs of the place where the video was made.
A great piece of luck.

Bill
February 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm

There are always a lot of cameras around those girls with good angles to get pics to the media. Especially love the 3rd picture with the side angle shot :P

Aline Andrade
February 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

Of course there are, Bill. These girls are practically celebrities so even though there may be a lot of photos, these are the ones that stand out: because theirs are well known faces.