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Nadya Tolokonnikova: Pussy Rioting Now

Released Tuesday, 10th November 2020
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Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Nadya Tolokonnikova. Recorded October 4th, 2020.

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist, political activist, and co-founder of Vladimir Putin’s least favorite band, Pussy Riot.

In 2012, she was convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and served two years in prison.

She is the author of “How to Start a Revolution” and “Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism.” Her prison correspondence with philosopher Slavoj  Žižek was compiled into the book, “Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj.”

In this interview we talked about coping with a pandemic, Putin’s never-ending reign, storming the Russian Parliament, the influence of riot grrrls, female empowerment, the advantages of being a multimedia artist, building an institution as a statement of punk, creating your own rules, rebelling against expectations, reuniting with your parents, and the importance of reading books when you have lost your freedom.

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Check out everything from music videos to anti-surveillance makeup tutorials on Pussy Riot’s YouTube

www.youtube.com/channel/UCQYcCfKYfYMcuCsem8z5CyQ

Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism

www.harpercollins.com/products/read-riot-nadya-tol…

Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj

www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/20819758-comradely-…

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