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Nadya Tolokonnikova

Tale of Russian Women: Pussy Riot Bedevils Putin; Mariia Butina Is His Red Sparrow

Pussy Riot, the all-female Russian punk-rock protest group, is a thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side. But their visage of feminist rebellion against Russia’s oppressive, male-dominated oligarchy, is a sharp contrast to their counterpart, Mariia Butina, the fetching Russian spy. The contrast was brought into sharp focus this week with Butina’s arrest for acting as a clandestine intermediary between the Kremlin and American officials, most notably those with the shadowy National Rifle Association (NRA)....

Pussy Riot Rips Power, Corruption, Greed in Bad Apples Video (Watch!)

Pussy Riot, the Russian punk-rock band that has become an international symbol of resistance against oligarchy, greed and corruption, serves another call to action in its new video for power-rock anthem “Bad Apples.” The band, made up of a rotating cast of seven members, was most relevant in its homeland of Russia under Vladimir Putin. But with the rise of Donald Trump and right-wing fascism, it’s ...