Ksenia Zhivago (left) and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina of punk protest group Pussy Riot will be in Seattle to talk and present a documentary on their artistic demonstrations against Putin. (Photo courtesy STG.)

Pussy Riot speaks: Russian punk protest artists in Seattle for talk, film

Maria Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago of Russian punk protest collective Pussy Riot will speak and present the documentary "Pussy vs. Putin" in Seattle Feb. 8.
Feb 3, 2016
Memes mocking Russian President Vladimir Putin, like this one on a sign in Moscow, are reminiscent of parodies of US politicians. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Pussy Riot, Putin and Romney: Seattle musicians rally for Russian punk band

The music is defiant, the bartenders studiously inattentive and the balaclavas sequined. If it weren’t for the smell of grilled onions wafting in from the hotdog stand outside and the cold beer (instead of warm vodka) I could still be in Moscow. But I’m at the Comet on Capitol Hill watching Corina Bakker of The […]
Oct 5, 2012
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Kazakhstan’s punks reflect global millennial sub-culture

It could have been Olympia. Audio/Visual Postcard by Jessica Partnow, Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill Zombie Fest could have taken place in a sunny mountain meadow somewhere in the Northwest. It just so happened it was in Kazakhstan. But that didn’t change the homebrew hairstyles and patched jean jackets, the unhinged, angsty music, or the […]
Sep 11, 2012
An activist from women's rights group Femen uses a chainsaw to cut down a Christian cross near the Oktyabrsky Palace in central Kiev

Russian Pussies and Ukrainian Boobs: The new feminism of the former Soviet Union

Yesterday, Russian punk band Pussy Riot were found guilty of “hooliganism” and sentenced to two years in prison. The case has dominated the Internet and the airwaves for weeks, forcing well-mannered newscasters to cringingly utter one of our most taboo words in nightly news roundups. The trouble started back in February when the group staged a direct-action protest […]
Aug 18, 2012