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Monday, July 28, 2014


Russia

  • Activists Yekaterina Samutsevich (left), Oleg Vorotnikov (center), and Natalia Sokol travel on the outside of a commuter train near Moscow after refusing to buy tickets in June 2008. Samutsevich later became a member of Pussy Riot.
  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (bottom right) and fellow activists celebrate a wake for conceptual artist Dmitry Prigov in a Moscow metro carriage in August 2007. Tolokonnikova later became a member of Pussy Riot.
  • Political activists Oleg Vorotnikov (left), Pyotr Verzilov (center), and his wife, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, fetch water while living together in a car shed in Moscow in July 2008.
  • Political activist Pyotr Verzilov (right) supervises the mock execution of a migrant worker and a gay man in a Moscow megastore in September 2008. Verzilov is the husband of Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
  • Political activist Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, reads a book about anarchism by U.S. author Bob Black in Moscow in January 2009.
  • Police remove Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left), Oleg Vorotnikov (bottom right), and other activists of the art group Voina from the court after they disrupted a hearing against the director of the Sakharov Center in Moscow in May 2009.
  • Pyotr Verzilov (left) and his wife, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, attend the wedding anniversary of a fellow activist at an artist's studio in Moscow in January 2008.
  • Activists Pyotr Verzilov (right) and his wife, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, prepare a migrant worker for a mock execution at a Moscow megastore in September 2008.
  • Riot police detain a pregnant Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (center) during a dissenters' march in Moscow in March 2008.
  • Political activist Natalia Sokol brushes her hair as Gera, the baby of fellow activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, lies on a mattress in the car shed that served as the home of the Voina activist group in Moscow in July 2008.
  • Activists Yekaterina Samutsevich (right), Pyotr Verzilov (second from right), and his wife, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, attend the birth of Kasper, the first child of Oleg Vorotnikov (left) and Natalia Sokol, in a secret hideout in Moscow in June 2009.
  • Activist Yekaterina Samutsevich reads a book as she waits for the birth of fellow Voina member Natalia Sokol's first child, Kasper, in a secret hideout in Moscow in June 2009.

Pussy Riot: The Early Years

Published 17 August 2012

A Moscow court is due to deliver its verdict on August 17 on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred against three women from the feminist performance-art group Pussy Riot. The case against Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich -- who face up to seven years in jail -- has sparked an international outcry. Here's a look at the early activism of Pussy Riot members and their families and friends.