Pussy Riot slams Putin and Winter Olympics P.R. stunts

Recently freed Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said the release was a propaganda stunt in advance of the games

Topics: Pussy Riot, Winter Olympics, Vladmir Putin, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Russia, LGBTQ, anti-gay, ,

Pussy Riot slams Putin and Winter Olympics P.R. stuntsNadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich of Pussy Riot (Credit: AP/Misha Japaridze)

Within a week of her release, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of punk collective Pussy Riot slammed Putin’s government and joined calls for a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Tolokonnikova said Friday that she believes she and her bandmate were only freed from a Russian penal colony as a P.R. stunt by the government in advance of the games.

LGBTQ activists around the world have criticized participation in the Olympics in light of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

“With the Olympics approaching, Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) does not want his favorite project ruined,” Tolokonnikova told a news conference. “The thaw has nothing to do with humanism. The authorities only did this under pressure from both Russian and Western society,” she commented.

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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