06.08.13 Truth & Wisdom

Freed Pussy Riot Member Katia Is On The Conversation

Freed Pussy Riot Member Katia Is On The Conversation

BY Rebecca Fernandez

Pussy Riot is a Moscow-based band comprised of 11 different women. Their signature look, colored balaclavas, as well as the use of nicknames, help feed the mystery surrounding their identities and enhance the intrigue of their very public, guerilla-style performances .

In early 2012, five members of the group staged a show in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The performance, which, like their other performances was edited into a video and posted online, was entitled “Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!” which was a public plea to the church to end their ties with the leader.

A month later, two members of the group, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested, charged with hooliganism and are still being imprisoned . Nearly two weeks later, Yekaterina “Katia” Samutsevich was also arrested but has since been released .

The trial gained international media attention and has garnered a massive show of support from the entertainment community and activists worldwide , who strongly feel the  punishment  is seemingly  incredibly severe considering the crime .

Amanda will be talking with Katia herself, and we want to extend an offer to you, our readers, to submit a  question of your own.

We can’t wait to share with you this interview, and we know you’ll be watching with us when HBO airs this powerful documentary all about Pussy Riot .

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” will premier on HBO June 10, 2013 at 9 p.m.

Image via the Pussy Riot Documentary Facebook page.

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Comments

  • Sadie Dark

    I’d like to ask Katia if she still believes in the message that pussy riot where trying to spread? Does punk still matter?

  • Daria Valencia

    Amanda, thank you for inviting Katia to your show. I would like to ask her: having been through the trial and having been exposed to all this enormous disapproval in Russia, if you could turn back the time, would you do it again?

  • Kate

    I am always interested in how women manage to come to terms with any terrible situation. If Katia did, what did the process look like for her?

  • Lisa

    I would like to know what her advice is the future Katias of the world. Those of us who must take action, those who must not be silenced, does she have any guidance, warnings or words of encouragement to share if we find ourselves under pressure or even danger?

  • Allison Kennedy

    1. If they could go back and do it again, would they have chosen a different way to convey their message, or have the arrests been more meaningful in creating media attention and opening up a dialogue in Russia
    2. Why do they choose to conceal their identities with masks

    • dute

      the answer to 2. question should be obvious – free speech in Russia is oppressed and you can face real jail time if you speak your mind regarding to government. of course the legal system will lock people up for different reasons, but the reasons are mostly fabricated (“hooliganism”, who spends years in jail for hooliganism?). some of the people chose to hide their identities, some of them don’t. it does not always help though. also girls have said that their masks resemble super heroes 🙂

    • Martin Garrod

      Oddly enough, the idea was for Katia to answer the question. It is surprising that you think Freedom of Speech might be you telling us what Katia thinks.

    • dute

      no need to get worked up about somebody discussing the ideas and issues behind pussy riots message. i’m not telling anyone what Katia thinks simply offering my insight in the situation that maybe for me is a bit more familiar than for person asking the question.

  • dute

    this is great! please give her our gratitude for being so brave.
    also, could you ask her what helps her/them get through toughest moments and not to break in spirit.

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