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Books That Inspired Pussy Riot

60 Minutes featured Pussy Riot last night, the Russian punk band with three members sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest performance against Vladimir Putin inside a Moscow cathedral. Check it out:

Since he’s been in power in Russia, Vladimir Putin has steadily cracked-down on democratic freedoms and the protesters who support them – a crackdown that intensified after his reelection as president a year ago. Nothing symbolizes this better than the arrest last March of a group of young feminists after they staged a protest against Putin in Moscow’s largest cathedral.

The news program also interviewed members of Pussy Riot currently in hiding. Below, we’ve rounded up the literature that inspired these dissident voices.

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The Writers That Inspired Pussy Riot

Today a Russian court sentenced the three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison for staging a protest performance against Vladimir Putin inside a Moscow cathedral.

Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova presented inspiring final statements in court on August 8th, speaking about the history of protest literature in Russia and sharing the writers who inspired them.

Using N + 1′s transcript of the statements, we have linked to their literary inspiration below…

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