Posted in music on February 10, 2014

Nadya and Masha at The Spotted Pig last week (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Nadya Masha

Following an open letter from still-anonymous Pussy Riot members stating that Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova (who just visited NYC) were no longer in the group, Masha and Nadya have finally given their response. From a new New York Times article:

The letter "doesn't follow the ideology of Pussy Riot," Ms. Tolokonnikova said in an interview on Sunday, in Russian. She also took issue with its claims that she and Ms. Alyokhina no longer speak to other members of the group. "The people we performed with in Moscow, we're still in contact with," she said, adding that she didn't know who wrote the letter. It was signed by six anonymous individuals, some of whom used the same pseudonyms that she and Ms. Alyokhina once did.

Ms. Tolokonnikova and Ms. Alyokhina also disputed the idea that Pussy Riot was, as the letter states, a seemingly closed-off "all-female separatist collective."

"Pussy Riot can be anyone, and no one can excluded from Pussy Riot," Ms. Tolokonnikova said. "Pussy Riot can only grow."

The article also mentions that Questlove, who was at the fundraiser at The Spotted Pig that Masha and Nadya appeared at, "didn't even want to meet them -- he didn't want to ruin the mystique." Read more at the NY Times.

A video of Pussy Riot speaking at the Amnesty concert below...

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Comments (18)

Well this changes everything. And here I thought they were only looking for any attention or fame they could get. It's all cleared up now.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 2:25 PM

It probably should have been a dead give away that the letter was inauthentic when it was lifted off the BrooklynVegan comments section.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 2:26 PM

damn does that chick have herpes?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 2:36 PM

This story failed to mention the sidenote about them in talks to possibly turning the Pussy Riot story into a film.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 2:39 PM

how many years til this is over?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 2:42 PM

Really...enough of Questlove's nonsense!

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 2:45 PM

In Mother Russia, riots pussy you!

Posted by yakov smirnoff | February 10, 2014 2:46 PM

"Pussy Riot can only grow"

heh

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 2:46 PM

So when does the new album drop?

Oh right, it's not a real band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 2:55 PM

i wonder what they thought of the gnudi at the spotted pig.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 3:18 PM

They didn't want to meet quest because he's black. I know that sounds terrible but that's the reality of Russians, especially in their country. Fuck pussy riot, pun definitely intended.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 3:30 PM

will professor questo put this in his syllabus?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 3:40 PM

who is Vlad Putin boning?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 5:39 PM

Great music video!

Really loved the drop at 2:06

*golf claps*


Posted by Matt Fuller | February 10, 2014 7:29 PM

The bigger the cushion the better the Pushkin.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 7:55 PM

We're all Pussies. Well, you are.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2014 9:21 PM

I will always group these two with the image of Philip Seymour Hoffman's lifeless body on the bathroom floor. Just time to move on.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 8:50 AM

let that pussy grow

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2014 10:55 AM

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