Posted in music on December 23, 2013

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on release (via @tamagna71)
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Thanks to that Russian amnesty that just passed, Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will be home for Christmas. The two were just released from prison where they were supposed to serve sentence till March:

"Two months out of the almost two years that the girls have served is not much," Tolokonnikova's husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told CNN. "So the effect of this amnesty for Maria and Nadezhda is not really felt."

The Russian government said the amnesty marked the anniversary of the adoption of Russia's post-Communist constitution in 1993.

But Tolokonnikova, released from a Siberian facility on Monday, told CNN she felt that the amnesty was a publicity stunt to bolster the government's image before it hosts the Winter Olympics in February. Verzilov said much the same.

"President Putin obviously used this amnesty option to (brighten) up his image before the Olympic games," Verzilov said.

Russia's record on human rights is in the spotlight as the country prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Pussy Riot's 2012 performance of a "punk prayer" that criticized Putin, who was prime minister at the time, was held at a Russian Orthodox cathedral. The musicians were found guilty of hooliganism.

Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike during her prison term to protest what she said were poor conditions at a Mordovian prison. In October, she was transferred to a Siberian facility for medical treatment, and she remained there until her release Monday.

She said Monday that she is eager to help Russian prisoners by calling attention to conditions they face. But first, she said, she is looking forward to reuniting with family, including her 5-year-old daughter in Moscow. - [CNN]

No matter the reasons, great news they are finally out.

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Comments (56)

criminals.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 10:17 AM

And Bowery Presents just booked them.

Posted by gogol | December 23, 2013 10:18 AM

did someone say "free pussy"

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 10:19 AM

Damn, for a second I thought this was a free Perfect Pussy show and got excited.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 10:25 AM

Is the hot one ok?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 10:59 AM

ha yes 10:19!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 11:16 AM

A media creation. Much ado about nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 11:42 AM

Coachella 2014

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 11:49 AM

3 nights T5

Posted by Blag | December 23, 2013 12:09 PM

11:42 -- You call this a media creation, yet you sit comfortably at your computer in the United States, which despite its many problems, is not a totalitarian police state. These women were political prisoners who were punished disproportionately to the crime they were convicted of and sent to a penal colony (i.e. gulag). That they are bringing some attention to what is happening in Russia and the plight of political (and other) prisoners there is more than you will ever do in your entire privileged life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 12:13 PM

11:42 - Do two years in a Russian prison and then tell me it's a media creation, troll.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 12:15 PM

Wow...check out www.ChristmasChildrenMusic.com and the Christmas Children music video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wELNL7tioI . Great video and song. LOL…I have already played it at least 50 times and finally broke down and bought the song.

Posted by John Wilson | December 23, 2013 12:17 PM

12:15 what's the chicpea situation in russian prison?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 12:21 PM

I want to riot my penis into her pants pussy. My dick is a riot. Free my willy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 1:07 PM

Damn, now my "Free Pussy Riot" t-shirt just makes me look like a perv

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 1:46 PM

they came into a church filled with people wearing masks like terrorists. did they expect a slap wrist they got off lucky

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 1:53 PM

I bet she's racist cunt like most russian citizens.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 2:31 PM

Nice Pizza Hut ads. Chicken wings and pepperoni pizza MMMMMMMM.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 2:44 PM

Yeah 1:53, two years in a gulag really seems like a reasonable punishment for their performance art stunt. Basically, the criticized Putin and the Orthodox Church and were sent to a prison camp for two years. Oh, and they also had a fair trial and the Russian judiciary is independent . . . . You're a freaking moron.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 2:49 PM

^ You are the moron for actually caring. Out of all the global humanitarian issues you chose this one to be of upmost importance.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 2:54 PM

Why I am posting on the hummus board I don't know...but let's get it straight: American punks think they are rebellious risk-takers, these women are the real thing. They got 2 years for a stunt and could have gotten much more -- they served nearly all of it, and when Putin let them out, they gave him the finger in response. If you think standing up to the 2d most powerful person on the planet isn't courageous--well, let me see you do it.

Posted by David Z | December 23, 2013 3:13 PM

John Lydon's butter commercial was more punk than this.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:25 PM

^Sinead is more courageous than these morons.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:39 PM

oooh, 3:38, I bet you're a big Lee Marvin fan.

Posted by David Z | December 23, 2013 3:43 PM

Not say that Putin's tenure is free of blemishes or corruption, but living standards in the country have stabilized under his watch, the economy has improved significantly, and political pluralism is arguably at a highpoint. There are no doubt authoritarian characteristics to Putin's leadership, but the extent to which these factors are exaggerated by Western commentators is totally not warranted, or even factual. Russia doesn't even practice capital punishment.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:55 PM

^ Charlie Brown's teacher

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:59 PM

I guess everyone can get back to not listening to their music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 4:21 PM

Send these little spoiled pains in the ass back to when Khruschev was in there and then ask them to get back to me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 5:00 PM

Something for white people to feel good about from behind a desk.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 6:15 PM

Russian girls rule!!! Nadya is fucking hot as hell. LOL.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 6:47 PM

^ I know. You have to admire the Russians -- even a "radical feminist" coming out of jail puts on full make-up and carefully combs her hair, trying to look as hot as possible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 7:12 PM

^

Exactly, not that she even needs a spec of makeup. Beautiful lips,
eyes, flawless complexion, intelligent, witty. Total package.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 8:11 PM

Their upcoming media tour is going to be infuckingsufferable

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 2:27 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 2:59 AM

I love the shitbags defending Putin.

Hitler also stabilized living standards and boosted the German economy.

Today's youth is a lost cause. Bunch of marshmallow pee pee faggo-trons.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 4:47 AM

the blonde is way hotter

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 7:26 AM

^ I bet you think the rebels in Syria should be in control also.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 10:04 AM

I hear you 4:47am. Defending Putin is quite something. He is just another in a long line of autocrats to rule Russia since the beginning of time. They had a few good years under Gorbachev and Yeltsin (although the economy was a complete shambles then) and then came Putin and it looks like Russia is stuck with him. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 10:17 AM

Are we really discussing the state of modern day Russia? What, not enough destruction for you in America these days? Wake up, or shut up - your choice - but don't talk to me about Russia like you actually care.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 10:53 AM

I rather live in Russia any day than country controlled by sharia law. The real hardcore feminists are the ones who died advancing women's rights in the middle east, but white feminist always seem to forget the ones with skin darker than khaki.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 11:01 AM

Feminists love to be treated like a woman.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 11:32 AM

they are changing their name to Free Pussy, Riot!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 11:33 AM

Much respect to these ladies for trying to change a rotten, repressive system.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 11:39 AM

White feminists are exclusive cunts.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 12:19 PM

A media creation. Much ado about nothing.

Posted by Only Seth Is Real | December 24, 2013 3:59 PM

I'm sure they're really stoked to be home in time for CHRISTMAS, BV...

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 4:07 PM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 4:36 PM

A lot of commenters here should go fuck themselves. What a bunch of typical American stupid hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 9:15 PM

^ agree'd

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 9:21 PM

@9:15 your comment was really a great contribution.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 11:40 PM

If you think the punishment she received was harsh and uncalled for, there is a gamer kid who is looking at 8 years in prison for being a troll on league of legends. Now that's uncalled for.

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2013 12:39 AM

auto diagnostic tool

Posted by auto diagnostic tool | December 27, 2013 5:09 AM

Sluts who should have gotten community service and made to apologize publicly to all the people in Russia they offended.

No talent, just cheap attention getting is all they got.

The only reason there is even a mention of these floozies is because they got arrested and got a stiff 2 year sentence for their disgusting stunts.

Check out them publicly fucking in a museum. How about throwing live cats at the McDonald's workers?

At a minimum this is a misdemeanor for cruelty to animals.

Posted by Harald | February 7, 2014 2:57 AM

u mad bro? was it your cat or what? I feel your pain.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2014 3:04 AM

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