Pussy Riot arrest: Nadya Tolokonnikova Arrested

Published: June 12, 2015

Pussy Riot arrest: Nadya Tolokonnikova Arrested, Nadya Tolokonnikova, a member of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot, has been arrested in a sit-down demo over prison conditions. Her detention came as President Vladimir Putin praised Russia’s democracy and openness.

Tolokonnikova previously spent time behind bars over a musical protest at a church

Local media said Tolokonnikova was arrested on Friday as she and a fellow protester made a statement in central Moscow about the conditions women face in Russian prisons.

Tolokonnikova tweeted a picture before she and Katrin Nenasheva appeared in Bolotnaya Square wearing prison uniforms.

The pair sat down to sew a Russian flag, before being approached by police. The group tweeted a picture of her subsequent arrest on its English-language Twitter account.

Nadya wearing prison uniform tries to persuade cops that she HAS right to sew Russian flag in the middle of Moscow pic.twitter.com/koBUp707Xj

— Pussy Riot (@pussyrrriot) June 12, 2015
“I’m in the police van,” Tolokonnikova told opposition radio station Echo of Moscow afterwards. “I haven’t been told which police station we’re headed to. There’s another person with me.”

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