Tag: Maria Alyokhina

Clampdown on Russian Opposition: Liveblog

February 24, 2014

The Sochi Games are over, and international media attention is focused on developments in Ukraine. So without wasting a moment, the Russian government has returned to its more favored past time: arresting members of the opposition. Today, prominent dissidents, such as Alexey Navalny and Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, both formerly of Pussy Riot fame, […]

Sochi Liveblog: Pussy Riot Arrests

February 18, 2014

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot have been detained in Sochi while preparing for a demonstration. They have been detained as suspects for a “theft” in their hotel. The two were planning to perform a song called Putin Will Teach You To Love Your Motherland but were arrested “with force” along with several other […]

Live Updates: Pussy Riot, Khodorkovsky, and Greenpeace Given Amnesty

December 23, 2013

The headline is huge: As part of an amnesty bill, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, many high profile prisoners could be set free as early as this week. The list of those included in the amnesty appears to include the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, as well as the Greenpeace activists […]

Russian Supreme Court Declares Pussy Riot Sentence Unlawful

December 10, 2013

Yesterday, Russian state-owned media outlets carried a “leaked” report that the imprisoned Pussy Riot members were included in the draft amnesty bill. Today, it has been announced that the Supreme Court has thrown out their sentences anyway. As their prison terms are set to expire early next year, this is being interpreted by many as […]

Another Pussy Riot Prisoner Threatened With Retribution

December 7, 2013

Maria (Masha) Alyokhina, a member of the punk rock group Pussy Riot, has written a letter from prison, describing the harsh conditions there. Alyokhina is due to be released soon, so the letter can be seen as more a witness for those prisoners who are still incarcerated. However, after publishing the letter in The New […]

Hunger Strikes, Arms Deals, and Human Rights

June 3, 2013

A quick recap of top Russia stories today: – Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has ended her hunger strike after prison officials finally conceded to her demands. One of three members of the female punk rock band, jailed for performing a protest song inside Moscow’s main cathedral, went on a hunger strike in protest of […]