Pussy Riot to Perform in Prague After Activist Fled Russia

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The Pussy Riot art movement is coming back to Prague after three years.

On September 8th, 2022, the audience at the Meetfactory in Prague can look forward to a punk, electronic, but above all revolutionary opera that reflects the current events. The performance is an innovative combination of live music, theater and video.

The group has travelled around the world since its formation, becoming famous for a happening in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, for which its three members were imprisoned for the first time.

However, their fight for freedom does not end at this point and is becoming more and more topical. Founding member Maria Alyokhina has spent the last year in prison for supporting a political opponent of Vladimir Putin.

She managed to escape from the house arrest by disguising herself as a food delivery worker.

Earlier in June, another member – Aisoltan Niyazova, was also arrested in Croatia, after she had been accused by her native state of Turkmenistan of embezzling $40 million from its central bank.

Fortunately, both of them will be appearing in Prague.

The money generated from the concerts will go to minors fleeing the war in Ukraine and a hospital in the country.

Pussy Riot became internationally known when in 2012, Alyokhina and several other members entered a cathedral near the Kremlin to sing a song denouncing then-Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin.

She and bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were each sent to labour camps for two years.

They were pardoned and freed at the end of 2013, but Alyokhina has repeatedly been targeted by Russian authorities, including in connection with imprisoned Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny. A night-time curfew was placed on her last year.

Pussy Riot has announced 19 performances for their tour and are due to appear in cities including Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Zagreb, Barcelona and Lisbon.

Tickets here

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