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Pussy Riot Turns Focus to Human Rights

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The members of Pussy Riot are free and the group is experiencing more recognition than they had before they were jailed, so what will they do with that platform?

According to Rolling Stone, members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina said in a news conference that they’re planning on putting their support behind a new human-rights.

Tolokonnikova said: “The system ought to be in shape. We’re going to force it to get into it. We intend to help with the advancement and reaction to complaints of prisoners about the conditions of their incarceration. We want to provide them with legal aid.”

The two women said their new organization will be named the Zone of Law, and they hope to use their celebrity to bring attention to the organization’s efforts.

Pussy Riot has been in the news the past few couple years after being arrested for performing “Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away” at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

They were charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility. One of the band’s members was freed early from jail after a successful appeal, while the other two members remained behind bars until being amnestied earlier this month.

Tolokonnikova revealed some of the atrocities the prisoners endured, which led her to start her hunger strike. After the band members’ plight became more public, she said conditions have improved and she feels it’s “unbelievably important now to continue this work.”

Alyokhina added: “We really are provocateurs. But there’s no need to say that word like it’s a swear word. Art is always provocation.”

As for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the women state their ultimate goal is to topple his regime.

“As before, we want to do what we said in our last protest for which we were imprisoned. We want to drive him out,” Tolokonnikova said. “Our political ambitions never disappeared and possibly they’ve even gotten bigger.”

Meanwhile, the two women stated that they will not capitalize on their fame with a Pussy Riot tour. While they may travel across Russia to speak, they don’t intend on staging any concerts.

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