Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk group who protest censorship, biased media, lack of LGBT rights, and unequal gender roles in their home country. They are particularly outspoken against Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they consider a dictator. In 2012, the group staged a demonstration in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, which resulted in the arrest and incarceration of Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina. Upon their release in 2013, the pair founded Zona Prava, an NGO dedicated to the rights of prisoners. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina gave a talk as a part of the University of Michigan’s Penny Stamp series on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Michigan Theater.
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