Pussy Riot fight ‘soldier’ before on-stage interview with singer Charlotte Church at Glastonbury

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Q&A hosted by Charlotte Church

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have given a talk at Glastonbury’s The Park Stage in an appearance that included an art performance and Q&A with Charlotte Church.

The pair are the most visible members of the Russian punk protest group having being jailed in 2012 for a guerrilla performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and have made a number of public and media appearances around the world since their release.

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After a short introduction by Church, who dubbed them “founding members of one of the most important and exciting movements that we’ve seen this century”, the duo acted out a short piece on top of a military vehicle parked in front of the stage just after noon (June 26).

The first figure to appear on top of the truck was a solider dressed in a black balaclava carrying a large machine gun. In a Russian accent, the man delivered a five minute tirade, declaring the crowd to be members of “Glastonbury’s Peoples Republic” to revolt against “this disgusting system”.

“We are not going to have any gay parades on this field,” he declared to chorus of boos. But his speech was soon put to an end after Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina climbed aboard the vehicle.

“Fuck you and your fucking gun!” yelled Alyokhina while Tolokonnikova, dressed in a pink balaclava, relieved him of the weapon, before tying him up in duct tape.

The duo then gave a talk on feminism and punk rock by counting out their ‘Rules of Pussy Riot’, which included ‘Think Different, Think Feminist’, ‘Stay Queer’ (“Live your life like it can become a movie plot”) and ‘Pussy Riot is Inside You’ (“You don’t have to wear a balaclava to be Pussy Riot”).

Following the talk, Church reappeared for a Q&A, quizzing the band on Russian politics, their appearance on TV show House of Cards and Alyokhina’s love of The Spice Girls.

“Girl power is always with me,” she said.

Earlier today, The Charlatans became the first band to perform on Glastonbury’s new look Other Stage as they played a secret set at 11am.

Other performers today include The Vaccines, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Super Furry Animals, Motorhead and Mark Ronson, who will reportedly bring special guests including Boy George and Kevin Parker.