Pussy Riot Announces that Formerly Jailed Members Are No Longer in the Band
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.06.2014
The band confirms they are out…
Per a statement on the official Pussy Riot blog, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are no longer members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot.
The statement reads:
"As it happened that we and [Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina] are now on the different sides of the barricades, please, separate us," reads the post on the Pussy Riot blog, signed by five band members, who have remained anonymous throughout the entire Pussy Riot case. Remember, we are no longer [Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina], and they are no longer Pussy Riot. Unfortunately, we cannot personally congratulate them on that because they refuse any contacts with us. However, to our regret, [Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina] got so much immersed in problems at Russian prisons that they completely forgot about the agenda and ideals of our band, such as feminism, separatist resistance, fight against totalitarianism and personality cult, [the pursuing of] which, basically, led to their unfair punishment."
Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released from prison last December under an amnesty bill.
THR reports that Pussy Riot members were reportedly upset by the fact that a poster for a recent Amnesty International concert in New York, which had a stage address from Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina, had a drawing of a man sporting a balaclava. They said, "We are a female separatist group, and a man cannot represent us either in real life or on a poster."
During the Amnesty International concert at New York's Barclay's Center on Feb. 6, Madonna led Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina onstage. The trio then called for release of all political prisoners.