Pussy Riot founded in 2011 is a feminist punk rock protest group from Moscow. One of the members Masha Alyokhina came through Asbury Park NJ to the House of Independents to tell her story. The group is known for staging unauthorized anti leadership protests in public locations. They range in age between 20 to 33 and have approx. 11 women that participate. In 2012 they staged a protest inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and as a result 3 of them were arrested for “Hooliganism Motivated by Religious Hatred”, they served two years behind bars.
The event was very interesting as it showed a film about Pussy Riot’s protests and the reaction it had on the people of Russia. All of their protests resulted in members and non members being dragged away. There main focus is to change the system over from a dictatorship where they say that anything can happen to anyone with no warning or real process in place. They are very anti Putin and they make sure everyone around them knows that.
The interview was moderated by John Cameron Mitchell who coordinated the questions and conversations. There was also a translator to help the Russian speaking Maria address the crowd. A question and answer session was conducted at the end as well so the audience was able to get involved.