Pussy Riot: Putin’s speaking at the UN is ‘hypocrisy at its worst’

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Maria Alyokhina is a founding member of Pussy Riot who spent two years in a Russian prison on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

MOSCOW — On Monday, President Vladimir Putin will speak at the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Putin will argue for the creation of an international coalition to fight extremism in the Middle East and will “call to abandon double standards in the fight against terrorism,” according to Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov

It’s a conspicuous change in foreign policy rhetoric — from Cold War-style railing against “Western enemies” to a seeming attempt to find compromise with the West — that perhaps lies in the fact that after plunging into a sea of misery, Putin has realized it’s impossible to swim out alone Read more…

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Pussy Riot’s New Music Video Slams Putin, Sochi Olympics

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When cameras captured members of Pussy Riot getting pepper sprayed, whipped and bloodied by Russian militiamen on Wednesday, the punk activist collective reacted how you might expect: They used the footage for a music video.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who have become the faces of Pussy Riot, appear with several other brightly-dressed, balaclava mask-wearing protesters in the video for their song, “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland,” which was uploaded to YouTube Wednesday evening.

The video’s release came just hours after Cossack militia members, an auxiliary police force in the region, broke up a Pussy Riot protest staged in front of a wall painted with a promotion for the Winter Olympics about 21 miles from where the games are taking place in Sochi, Russia. The group appears to have been capturing footage for the video during the protest. Read more…

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