CSO of the Week: Pussy Riot

Week-ending 14 February 2020

Russian Police Shut Down Pussy Riot Video Shoot For Second Straight Day

Russian police in St. Petersburg have for the second consecutive day shut down the shooting of a music video by anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot. Thirteen people were detained, including band leader Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, during a photography session in a studio, Pyotr Verzilov, a band member and Tolokonnikova’s former spouse, said on February 10 in a social-media post. The group has been trying to record a video of their song Besit, which roughly translates as being irked or vexed by something. Later the same day, Verzilov posted a video of Tolokonnikova at the police station showing her saying the reason for the group’s detention was because of an alleged carbon-monoxide leak at the studio. RFE/RL, 11 February 2020

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