Two Founding Members of Pussy Riot Respond To Claims They Forgot Their Ideals
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.11.2014
They didn't leave the group...
The New York Times reports that hours before they left the United States, Pussy Riot's founding members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina responded to a letter that other members of the group posted online and sent to journalists. The letter claimed that the two, who are advocating prison reform, aren't representing the group. The group became famous after the two were arrested for performing a protest song in a Moscow cathedral in 2012.
In an interview on Sunday, Tolokonnikova said the letter "doesn't follow the ideology of Pussy Riot" and that they don't speak to the other members of the group.
She added: "The people we performed with in Moscow, we're still in contact with."
She added she didn't know who wrote the letter as it was signed by six anonymous people, who used the same pseudonyms that she and Alyokhina used to use. They also said the group was not a closed-off "all-female separatist collective", as the letter said they were.
Tolokonnikova said: "Pussy Riot can be anyone, and no one can excluded from Pussy Riot. Pussy Riot can only grow."
After they were released from prison in December, the two said they are acting under their own names, not part of a group.
Alyokhina said: "We live the same way other people do in Russia — we take the metro, we walk around. In terms of our everyday life, it's no different than it was before. Although we do get recognized occasionally."