Literary

REVIEW: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer for Freedom

It's been over a year since Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich performed their "punk prayer" in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. February 21, 2012, was the date they chose to perform their spontaneous prayer on the altar that is normally a space preserved exclusively for male clergy. They only lasted 40 seconds, before churchgoers and security pulled and grabbed at them as they continued to dance and get on their knees to pray for Virgin Mary to join them by becoming a feminist and driving Putin away. Those 40 seconds turned into a criminal charge of two years in a penal colony for Nadya and Masha.

The compilation of documents in the book serves as an archive for primary source documents from the trial as well as writings in support of the release of them by artists, musicians, and activists. Reading the personal letters and statements from the trial provides an insider's perspective and knowledge that you can't get from simply reading news articles about the trio.

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Yezmin Villarreal