Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Opens Up About Moscow Arrest: ‘We Are the Many and They Are the Few’

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Imagine a situation: the second you step out of your house you’re immediately, brutally arrested with no explanation why, then you’re brought to the police station where you spend your next six hours till 1 am. You’re forced to go through a search, and everything that seems suspicious to the police officers is taken away from you (i.e. everything that mentions Putin), and you will never ever see it again. Well, this situation is something that Russian activists go through on a daily basis. 

On the 7th of September, me, my 17-year-old sister Polina Tolokonnikova, and 14 other Pussy Riot activists were arrested when we got out of my apartment. We were planning to walk around Moscow with a rainbow flag and Pussian Federation flag, also we had a “PUTIN YOU’D BETTER LEAVE BY YOURSELF” banner and a handful of colorful smoke cannons. Our ultimate goal was the White House—we wanted to make an art statement in front of our government. It was a day before the elections in Moscow City Parliament; elections that put Moscow on political fire this summer, causing mass protests and crazy outrage by cops who beat and injured people. 

“Why are we arrested? We just left the house, we did not do anything. Please tell us your name! Why are you using physical force against us? Where are you bringing us? Why did you take away my phone—give it back!”—that’s what I was asking the police, but they did not reply, and just threw me in the car alongside the others. It was the first time I was arrested with my sister. 

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