Nadya Tolokonnikova

Guest
Nadya Tolokonnikova

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist, political activist, and the founder of the art collective Pussy Riot, which has been the world’s most prominent art group in recent years and a global symbol of activism.

Guest
Nadya Tolokonnikova

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist, political activist, and the founder of the art collective Pussy Riot, which has been the world’s most prominent art group in recent years and a global symbol of activism. In 2012 Nadya was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance by Pussy Riot in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Shortly after her release in December 2013 Nadya announced the opening of an independent Russian news service Mediazona. Nadya has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament and has lectured as an honorary speaker in Harvard, Cambridge, Glastonbury music festival and at many other universities and events. Nadya is a Lennon Ono Grant for Peace recipient, has appeared as herself on season 3 of House of Cards and has performed the song “Refugees In” as part of Banksy’s Dismaland. She’s created “Chaika”, which focuses on Russian corruption, and “Make America Great Again” which was eerily made before the 45th American president was elected. Other law enforcement tracks that have been released and are being performed live in political music and art rallies are “I Can’t Breathe” (in honor of Eric Garner), “Police State”, “Bad Apples” and most recently “Elections” in protest of the Russian “elections”.