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Watch: Pussy Riot appear on The Today Show

on April 03, 2014, 7:52pm

As they continued their campaign for human rights and prison reform, Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina have made a handful of appearances stateside. Those have included an entertaining stop at The Colbert Report and serving as the guests of honor at Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert. Ahead of their participation at tomorrow’s Women in the World Summit, the duo made its second U.S. television appearance on the Today show Thursday morning.

Among the topics discussed, host Matt Lauer asked the pair if President Vladimir Putin was “putting on a show” by releasing them from prison just prior to the Olympic Games in Sochi. Speaking through a translator, one of the members (footage made it difficult to discern who was actually talking) said, “When we got released, we didn’t have any illusions at all that Putin’s regime became more liberal. Basically, regarding your question, ‘Is Putin trying to smart over the whole world?’, without the world’s participation, those actions would not be possible.”

Tolokonnikova revealed that the pair were still being met with copious resistance from pro-Russia and pro-Putin supporters. “In terms of being followed, we go through much more than we did before,” she said. “If we go to the people getting jailed and we want to get in, the people of the government, they attack us and they spray us so we have head concussions and we have burning of the eyes. That’s what we suffer.”

However, as Tolokonnikova explained, the “suffering” has been more than worth it for the cause, adding that their mutual desire for a “free Russia” only became “stronger in ourselves during [those] two years that we were in jail. If our government thought that they would just break us down by jailing us, I mean, it didn’t work out at all.”

Alekhina thanked the pair’s countless supporters, explaining that it “definitely influenced our situation a great deal. If it wouldn’t be for the people who really were saying everything they could about us to support us, things would be completely different. It might have been that we wouldn’t be healthy and sane and alive.”

Pussy Riot will appear at the Women in the World Summit during a panel discussion moderated by Charlie Rose. Tickets for the three-day event, which officially kicked off today, are still available.

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