Pussy Riot members call for sanctions against Russia

The pair want to 'force ordinary Russians out onto the streets' in protest against recent military action

Pussy Riot members call for sanctions against Russia

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Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have called for economic sanctions against Russia in the wake of their country’s military action in the Ukraine.

The pair spoke at Tallinn Music Week in the Estonian capital today (March 28).

Alyokhina said: "Tomorrow we plan to be in Kiev in order to support Ukraine. Then we go to the European Parliament to call for sanctions against Russia. It must be understood that economic sanctions will hurt ordinary Russians, but maybe it has got to the point where Russians are too comfortable sat on the couch, and this will shake them and force them out onto the streets to express their opinions."

Asked by NME how the rest of the world should react to Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine’s Crimea region, Tolokonnikova replied: "The problem with Putin is that it’s impossible to talk to him because he doesn't seem to understand when he is told."

Alyokhina added: "We do not invite anyone to use weapons against weapons. Our idea is that Europe and other countries have to use economic sanctions against Putin because no matter how much he talks about patriotism or his love of the motherland, the only thing that he and his team are interested in is money. If you stop him making his illegal money, maybe this will make him think about his actions."

Now in its sixth year, Tallinn Music Week is the biggest indoor music festival in the Nordic-Baltic region. Festival founder Helen Sildna had previously announced that this year’s festival would expressly concern itself with the political situation in the region, as Estonia was formerly part of the Soviet Union.

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