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Al Letson Reveals: Pussy Riot

2018-06-28 | 🔗

Far from the World Cup stadium cheers, a prisoner held in Russia is six weeks into a hunger strike. Reveal host Al Letson talks with Masha Alyokhina, a founding member of the Russian feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot, about the efforts to free Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker convicted of an armed plot during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He denies any involvement. His supporters fear U.S. President Donald Trump has undermined their cause. Alyokhina knows the topic well: She spent time in prison for challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin, too.

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The twenty first initiative paperwork, where their hosting the World CUP for the first time ever robot Ellwood much again at Mura, FIFA. I welcome the rush. Russian president. Vladimir Putin is front in centre stage with plenty. Attention in a team that it better than expected. We want to watch the World CUP through different lives, not teams and scores, and cheers President Trump Putin and political prisoners. I know by my personal experience is russian state I mean Putin stage can find any criminal arcy co if they want to put you to prison. That's Marcia,
are you Okina, an original member of pussy riot, the russian feminist punk Rock group. She and another band member Nadia's been almost two years in a russian prison that crime protesting Putin by jumping on an altar of a prominent Moscow church. Where is brightly, colored, dresses, tights and knit ski mask? It was a very short gorilla performance of their song. Mother, Mary banished Putin, we made re song criticising Putin and perform forty seconds so this sunk in the cathedral of Christ Savior, that's what we ve done in our case It was a hooliganism, much awaited by religious hatred, which we of course didn't have the biggest sentence. Via this article is like, after seven years of prison, we ve got to
I spoke to marshal recently about her activism and what she's had to sacrifice move like when you are in prison survive Some prisons are, let's say, copy of Soviet Union Goulash system. The sense of this system is to break a personality. All the prisoners have to work about, like twelve hours per day six days a week and the workers like sewing police, uniform and uniform for russian Army there, no medicine there. Sometimes food is rotten prisoners, leaflike hungry people in one sleeping room, the worse I relationships were of administrations and and prisoners because they they want people just to obey and that's it. How did you end up?
I'm out of prison international attention, of course, and that was appeared before the Olympic Games, which happened in the beginning of two thousand fourteen in Russia. Sue Two months before the end of our term boots in drought and like a special amnesty for me, a nod year and we ve been released. Marcia is hoping the attention Russia's getting doing. The work we'll help free another person, many consider a political prisoner sue. Ah, his name is Alex himself and he's U Green and film director who guards ah twenty years of prison because of his activism. He was arrested in the spring, Two thousand fourteen during the negotiation of gray or by russian troops, Russia in vain.
In annex Crimea from Ukraine, the international community was outrage and it put sanctions on Russia and kicked it out of what is now. The G. Seven only was also outraged and he protested against Russia and was charged with terrorism. He was a member of the activists, beak activists group called out to my done, who was transported. People from Crimea to Ukraine, he didn't do any terrorist attacks, so he's totally naughty. Terrorists he's a film director and he's an activist for years after his initial arrest. He still
protesting from prison. He is now in the age of life and death because he's a hunger strike and he's in hospital. Now I mean in prison hospital, and I believe that all actions of is one of the most brave people. Brief artists, in the current time, only was charged with lighting a fire at the door of a political office in Crimea and for plotting to blow up a linen statue. These He didn't do those things when he appeared in Moscow. Courtroom supporters applauded him. Putin has dismissed any suggestion. The sense of was arrested forest
takes dealer civil shouldn't you be able by sea see this says you have anything to do with his positions, distress and have anything to do with his views on what happened in premier jeweller view and the media. The point is his involvement in preparing for illegal activities which could harm our country's citizens must not just like all eggs borders have protested in a dozen cities, Stephen King called for his release on Twitter and at the G7 meeting in Canada right before the World CUP European Council President Donald TUSK called for attention to a They want to make an important appeal in the case of a leg. Send self
our solidarity, go save his life. Was that a big win for you guys to hear their coming from that higher? Well, any words and any actions are important, of course, but this should be repeated as many times as he will be free. Your basically saying that, like we have to keep hearing this message, like is not good enough, for just him to say, varies, always not enough,
well, he will be not free, because I know that words can really change. The situation changed the world, so I wanna play clip of prison, Donald Trump and what he has to say about Russia, while he was at the g7 or whether you like it or not- and I may not be politically correct, but we have a world IRAN at seven. What used to be the G8? They threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back it, which you reaction to that when you
He heard Trump saying that he didn't talk about the reasons about why it happened, he's not talking why Russia had excluded fork from there, and this is lace. Tupid Donald Trump, as president of the United States should know the situation in the country with which he is going to work. All its supporters were angry trumps seem to be taking international pressure of Putin. At the same time, the EU is State Department was saying, only should be released. Asthma how she made sense of this mix.
You ve got two different statements coming out from the trunk administration. You got that clip that I just pay for you. Wear Donald Trump says that Russia should be led back in, but then the? U S, State Department has tweeted out and put out a statement saying that they think this since off and other political prisoners should be released immediately. So as to take in those two sides that their dwelling there well. United States has democracy. That's why they have to different statements from the department and from Don tromp. This is the first think, and the second is: I really do not
think that don't trump cares about political prisoners and political repressions. Pussy riot has criticized Donald Trump in the past: the queues in him of autocratic tendencies they use their trade mark extreme performance art to make amusing video when he was a presidential candidate. The video is brutal, burly cops and twigs hall, a young woman in harasser, hitter, Brantner and not by the Duma. I come from another model: the disturbing violence. Please, against the brazilian beef and more recently, Matias brought her confrontational or to the west in a play. Called burning doors betrays the physical and psychological try,
unless she only and other artists experienced in russian prisons ass Marcia, why she believes Putin feel so threatened by musicians and artists who are critical of because, while arts make a big influence, art can change the mind ants,
also fortune put pressure not only to the artists, but for all the people who do not agree with this was his direction. Let's say political direction and who are in the opposition. Older people, oppositional politicians, activists, artists, are you gonna protests, and are you prepared to go back to prison for protesting in Russia? So we ve been arrested in the April of this year because we were throwing paper plans. Does a building of russian security service efforts be so twelve people spend forty eight hours in the
his cage together and without any I know, lawyers and so on. So I'm doing what I'm doing as before, but this is a question of of all of us. This is not possible. You know, to give a responsibility of fighting for freedom to somebody. This is what we should all do. Otherwise you know these words, like freedom will just lucid, sent Do you think the international pressure is gonna work at this point? Yes, I believe. I believe yes, because in our case that worked Halfway through the work of this week and only sense off, is more than six weeks into his hunger strike. We talk. The Marcia Yoshino from Toronto wishes performing the play burning doors,
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