Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

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A documentary following the Pussy Riot court case, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Tolokonnikova and her Pussy Riot bandmate Maria Alyokhina appeared as themselves in Chapter 29 of House of Cards, a popular American television drama series that airs on Netflix. In the show, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina heavily criticized a fictionalized version of Vladimir Putin for corruption, while dining in the White House.

Maria Alyokhina

Maria AljokhinaMariya AlëkhinaMasha Alyokhina
A documentary following the Pussy Riot court cases, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, Alyokhina and her Pussy Riot bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova appeared as themselves in Chapter 29 of House of Cards, a popular American television drama series that airs on Netflix. In the show, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova heavily criticized a fictionalized version of Vladimir Putin for corruption, while dining in the White House. In 2017 she published a memoir on her trial and time in prison, entitled "Riot Days".

Vladimir Putin

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The most notorious protest was the Pussy Riot performance on 21 February, and subsequent trial. An estimated 8,000–20,000 protesters gathered in Moscow on 6 May, when eighty people were injured in confrontations with police, and 450 were arrested, with another 120 arrests taking place the following day. A counter-protest of Putin supporters occurred which culminated in a gathering of an estimated 130,000 supporters at the Luzhniki Stadium, Russia's largest stadium. Some of the attendees stated that they had been paid to come, were forced to come by their employers, or were misled into believing that they were going to attend a folk festival instead.


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Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17 million within the urban area. Moscow is one of Russia's federal cities.

Amnesty International

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Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a London-based non-governmental organization focused on human rights. The organization says it has more than seven million members and supporters around the world.

Academy Awards

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The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar". The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Pussy versus Putin

*Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, another 2013 documentary about Pussy Riot Russian film about the band Pussy Riot received the award in Amsterdam. Review of Anna Narinsky. Review Marat Gelman.

Yekaterina Samutsevich

Katya Samutsevich
She was later prosecuted in the same building for their involvement in Pussy Riot's "punk prayer". She also took part in a series of actions, Operation Kiss Garbage, from January through March 2011. This project comprised female members kissing policewomen in Moscow Metro stations and on the streets. It was primarily an anti-government protest, but also controversial because the non-consensual "ambush kissing" could be considered sexual battery.

Pyotr Verzilov

Peter Verzilov
In September that year, Verzilov accepted the LennonOno grant for peace from Yoko Ono, on behalf of Pussy Riot, at a ceremony in New York. However, in October 2012, the jailed Pussy Riot members published a letter, via their lawyer, disowning Verzilov as their spokesman. They said he had "seized representation and decision-making of Pussy Riot" and had misrepresented their views. "The only person who can legitimately represent the group is a girl in a balaclava," they stated. Verzilov's actions were "treacherous to punk." He is also among the founders of Pussy Riot's news website Mediazone, which since 2014 has reported critically on the legal system and law enforcement practice.

Mike Lerner (filmmaker)

Mike Lerner
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (documentary) (director) 2013. A Whole Lott More (documentary) (producer) 2012. The Negotiators (producer) 2012. Hell and Back Again (documentary) (producer) 2011. A Bipolar Expedition (TV documentary) (producer) 2010. Afghan Star (documentary) (executive producer) 2009. America the Wright Way (TV series) (executive producer) 2008. Sickert vs Sargent (TV documentary) (producer) 2007. Toulouse-Lautrec: The Full Story (TV documentary) (producer) 2006. Kazakhstan Swings (TV documentary) (producer) 2006. Vincent: The Full Story (TV series documentary) (producer) 2004. Beijing Swings (TV documentary) (producer)2003.


More recently, the same charge has been leveled against members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot for which three members each received a two-year sentence on 17 August 2012. Hooliganism charges were also levelled against the Greenpeace protesters in October 2013. On 4 June 1974, Ten Cent Beer Night occurred at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Intoxicated Cleveland hooligans jumped onto the field and attacked Texas Rangers outfielder Jeff Burroughs with the score tied 5–5 in the ninth inning.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot staged a guerrilla performance in the cathederal in February 2012 in protest against the Russian Orthodox Church's support for Vladimir Putin. Three members were arrested and charged with hooliganism. List of churches in Moscow. List of large Orthodox cathedrals. USSR anti-religious campaign (1928–1941). – Official Moscow Guide. Official website, with full details of the construction and reconstruction history. Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow by Evgenia Kirichenko. Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow: A Russian Allegory. Churches Around the World Archive. 360° Virtual Tour of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Mark Feygin

In 2012, Feygin served as one of three lawyers for Pussy Riot, a punk band arrested for an unauthorized performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The band's trial became an international cause célèbre during their trial on charges of hooliganism. On 1 October 2012, an appellate hearing was postponed in the Moscow City Court after band member Yekaterina Samutsevich informed a panel of three judges that she wished to terminate the representation of her defense attorneys, stating, "My position in the criminal case does not coincide with their position."

Sakharov Prize

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The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, commonly known as the Sakharov Prize, honours individuals and groups of people who have dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought. Named after Russian scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, the prize was established in December 1988 by the European Parliament. A shortlist of nominees is drawn up annually by the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Development, with the winner announced in October. The prize is accompanied by a monetary award of €50,000. The first prize was awarded jointly to South African Nelson Mandela and Russian Anatoly Marchenko.

Yoko Ono

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Its program has since expanded to include writers, such as Michael Pollan and Alice Walker, activists such as Vandana Shiva and Pussy riot, organizations such as New York's Center for Constitutional Rights, even an entire country (Iceland). On Valentine's Day 2003, which was the eve of the Iraqi invasion by the US and UK, Ono heard about a couple, Andrew and Christine Gale, who were holding a love-in protest in their tiny bedroom in Addingham, West Yorkshire. She phoned them and said, "It's good to speak to you. We're supporting you. We're all sisters together." The couple said that songs like "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine" inspired their protest.

Storyville (TV series)

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Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer. 18. The Pirate Bay. 14. Queen of Versailles.

Nadiya Savchenko

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Other Ukrainians detained by Russia include: Oleg Sentsov. Olexandr Kolchenko. Stanislav Klykh. Mykola Karpyuk. Akhtem Chiygoz. Savchenko case at 1+1. Why Russia needs the Ukrainian 'G.I. Jane' Savchenko imprisoned.

Russia under Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin has served three terms and is currently in a fourth as President of Russia (2000–2004, 2004–2008, 2012–2018 and May 2018 to present) and was Acting President from 1999 to 2000, succeeding Boris Yeltsin after Yeltsin's resignation. Putin was also Prime Minister for three months in 1999 and served a full term from 2008 to 2012. During Putin's presidency, he has been a member of the Unity party and the United Russia party. He is also affiliated with the People’s Front, a group of supporters that Putin organized in 2011 to help improve the public's perception of United Russia. His political ideology, priorities and policies are sometimes referred to as Putinism .

Punk rock

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Punk rock (or "punk") is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands typically produced short or fast-paced songs, with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.

Hunger strike

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A hunger strike is a method of non-violent resistance or pressure in which participants fast as an act of political protest, or to provoke feelings of guilt in others, usually with the objective to achieve a specific goal, such as a policy change. Most hunger strikers will take liquids but not solid food.

Prisoner of conscience

prisoners of conscienceimprisonedbeing held for political or religious violations
Prisoner of conscience (POC) is a term coined by Peter Benenson in a 28 May 1961 article ("The Forgotten Prisoners") for the London Observer newspaper. Most often associated with the human rights organisation Amnesty International, the term can refer to anyone imprisoned because of their race, sexual orientation, religion, or political views. It also refers to those who have been imprisoned and/or persecuted for the non-violent expression of their conscientiously held beliefs.

The New York Times

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Not to be confused with The Times (of London). See also NYT (disambiguation).

European Parliament

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The European Parliament (EP) is the only parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU) that is directly elected by EU citizens aged 18 or older. Together with the Council of the European Union (also known as the 'Council'), which should not be confused with the European Council and the Council of Europe, it exercises the legislative function of the EU.

United Russia

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United Russia is the ruling political party of the Russian Federation. United Russia is the largest party in Russia and it holds 335 (or 74.44%) of the 450 seats in the State Duma.


KyivKiev, UkraineKijów
Kiev or Kyiv is the capital and most populous city of Ukraine, located in the north-central part of the country on the Dnieper. The population in July 2015 was 2,887,974 (though higher estimated numbers have been cited in the press), making Kiev the 7th most populous city in Europe.