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Pussy Riot/Zona Prava

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September 18, 2014

Pussy Riot/Zona Prava

Erik Lohr / The Voice Project

Founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot and Zona Prava, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina are Russian conceptual artists and political activists. In August 2012, following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, they were sentenced to two years' imprisonment. In March 2014 they opened the Mordovia office of Zona Prava, their newly created prisoners’ rights NGO. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are Lennon Ono Grant for Peace recipients.

Pussy Riot is a feminist punk guerilla performance collective of approximately 11 women. Their unauthorized public performances address feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Russian President Putin.

Zona Prava (Zone of Rights) was founded by Nadya and Masha on their December 2013 release from prison. The goal of Zona Prava is to aid those in prison who are ready and willing to fight for their rights. The organization provides information, legal representation, safety monitoring, advocacy and oversight.

Co-presented with the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and with support from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.