How to fight the Putin regime with political art: Maria Alyokhina tells about new Pussy Riot tour, repressions in Belarus and why Europe can influence the war more than the U.S.

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Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest art group. They became famous in 2012 after the performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior named "Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away". The band members were detained several times, and two of them were sentenced to two years in prison for a punk-style prayer. 

Pussy Riot stands up for women's rights, criticizes the dictatorship and promotes freedom of thought. Of course, they did not stand aside in 2022, when the war between Russia and Ukraine began.

We spoke with Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina about her European tour, political art, and why she's been protesting against Putin regime for more than 10 years .

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