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Posted Jun 12th, 2015 (12:05 pm) by Matt Felten
Nadya Tolokonnikova
Nadya Tolokonnikova
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Punk band and protest group Pussy Riot have long been a target of the Russian government for their anti-Putin lyrics and unauthorized public performances in protest of the ideologies and actions of the country's leadership.

Today, Russia Day, band-member Nadya Tolokonnikova was arrested for staging a protest in support of female prisoners. Wearing prison jump suits, Tolokonnikova and another activist named Katya Nenasheva put down white, blue, and red cloth (the colors for Russia's flag) with intentions of stitching them together with the words "Prison Camp Russia." The Russian police stopped them in the act, and Tolokonnikova and Nenasheva were last photographed being pulled into a police van.

Before today's protest, Tolokonnikova released a statement titled "Don't Be Afraid" outlining the protest plans:

“For 30 days the activist Katherine Nenasheva will be living her regular life wearing a prison robe of a female convict. She goes to exams, takes meetings, goes to the movies, gets groceries, goes out – she continues her daily life.

“June 12 is the 18th day of Katherine Nenasheva’s action and also Russia Day – an important holiday in Russia that celebrates our flag and Constitution. On this day I am joining Katherine to sew a huge Russian flag in the same prison uniform that I wore during my time in the prison camps.

“We will sew the Russian flag on Bolotnaya square, the square that became the starting point for many years in prison for dozens of activists who went out to protest Putin’s regime in May 2012. So here we are, on this square, and we will sew the sign “PRISON CAMP RUSSIA” to the face of the Russian flag on Russia Day.”

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