Free at last!
Russian punk band Pussy Riots members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have been set free. Talking to the press, they revealed some interesting insights about life inside a Russian prison. We present interesting quotes from the two girls and the reaction they’ve evoked in Twitter.Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walked out of the prison in East Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk. The temperature was 25 degrees Celsius below zero and the first thing she said was, “How do you like our Siberian weather here?”
Tolokonnikova believes that Russian prisons are pretty much a reflection of what’s going on in Russia at present. “I saw this small totalitarian machine from the inside…Russia functions the same way the prison colony does,” she said.
Twitter is overflowing with congratulatory comments from Pussy Riot fans.
Human rights organization Amnesty International feels its campaign has been succesful.
— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) December 23, 2013
Check out the Youtube video which got the girls into jail in the first place.
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) December 23, 2013
Justice is still elusive, says Human Rights Watch.
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) December 19, 2013
The two members of the Punk band and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky were released after President Vladimir Putin passed a bill granting Amnesty to several political prisoners. Critics however claim that the bill is inadequate.
Alekhina herself said after her release earlier this week, “This is not an amnesty. This is a hoax and a PR move.”
Date23.12.2013 | 15:22