Pussy Riot In Riot

The Pussy Riot rock band burst onto the scene of public attention when a group of young women dared to offer a concert in a church–without permission of the Putin government. Three members were locked up in prison and finally those three are out, due to the wonderful kindness of Vladimir Putin who was attempting to present himself as really a nice guy and would you please come to his winter Olympics. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokjhina have just been released and are visiting the US,both appeared on the Steven Colbert show which allowed their ideas and goals to become known to millions of Americans. They also appeared at a charity concert sponsored by Amnesty International which was raising money to support those being persecuted in Russia. It turns out that six members of the Pussy Riot collective believe these appearances go against the ideals of the Pussy collective.

According to the six, selling tickets to an appearance “is highly contradictory to the principles of the Pussy Riot.” They do not believe it is valid to accept money for a concert. First, the two ladies no longer belong to the collective. Second, they have suffered and understand what life is like in Russian prisons. Third, and most important, they seek to aid those in prison and money DOES help in meeting that goal!