Pussy Riot reveal new song and appear in new episode of ‘House of Cards’

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina have cameo in third season of show

Pussy Riot’s new song ‘Don’t Cry Genocide’ features in a new episode of House of Cards that also sees a cameo appearance from the band’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina.

The group worked on the song with Le Tigre’s JD Samson and Johanna Fateman. It features on the end credits of an episode of the newest season of the Netflix show, which stars Kevin Spacey as the US President.

The episode is centred on fictional Russian president Viktor Petrov – played by Lars Mikkelsen – who attends a state dinner in Washington alongside Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina. He gives the women a condescending toast, which results in them giving him a dedication of their own. You can watch the song play over the credits below (via Revolt).

Fateman previously wrote about her and Samon’s experience of working with Pussy Riot. “JD [Samson] and I were taken to a trailer where we changed our clothes, and we did the thing you’re not supposed to do — sign a contract without reading it,” she said. “This one was like 50 pages long, but whatever; we were going to be actors now and we were just going to follow instructions. The truth is, it really doesn’t matter how smart you are, what a bitch you can be, or how far back your feminism goes. In these situations, you have no control, and if you think that you do, you’re just going to be upset when the episode airs.”

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.

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.