Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova arrested in Russia following female prisoner protest

Tolokonnikova says "Nobody cares about this social group" from police custody

Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot has been arrested in Russia at a protest in support of female prisoners in the country.

Tolokonnikova is reported to have been arrested alongside fellow protestor Katya Nenasheva. Mashable reports that both activists were dressed in prison outfits as they laid out strips of white, blue, and red fabric with the plan being to stitch the fabric together into the Russian flag, complete with the phrase “Prison Camp Russia.”

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However, police intervened and Tolokonnikova and Nenasheva were seen being led from the location in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square and into police custody.

“Nobody cares about this social group,” the women on Facebook, seemingly from the back of a police van. “Most people fail to understand the difficulties women face in the outside world after being released from prison,” they added before posting the following selfie on Instagram.

Pussy Riot are currently persuing legal action against the Russian government fter allegedly being attacked with whips by Cossack militia at the Sochi Winter Olympics during February 2014. Tolokonnikova and fellow Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina are also due to appear at Glastonbury Festival at the end of June.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were imprisoned for 16 months in their native Russia in 2012 after performing their punk protest prayer ‘Mother of God, Drive Putin Away’ inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ The Saviour.

Pussy Riot recently released their first English language song ‘I Can’t Breathe’ – a protest song featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner on bass and Richard Hell reading Eric Garner’s final words. Garner died in July 2014 after a US police officer allegedly put him in a chokehold.
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