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Pussy Riot Co-founder to Speak at JHU

Jan. 30, 2017
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: Activist Nadya Tolokonnikova — a founding member of the all-female, anti-Putin, punk rock artist collective Pussy Riot — will speak at Johns Hopkins University.

Formed in 2011, Pussy Riot stages guerrilla performance art demonstrations in public spaces in opposition to authoritarianism, and specifically Russian President Vladimir Putin. Clad in ski masks and neon clothing, the group voices—and often screams—messages in support of feminism and LGBTQ rights.

The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1.

WHERE: Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus. Free seating is first-come, first-served, but reserved seats can be purchased through jhutickets.com.

BACKGROUND: In 2012 Tolokonnikova and fellow Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina were imprisoned after participating in “Punk Prayer,” a performance in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior. They were convicted of “hooliganism” and held for 20 months before being in release in late 2013 under an amnesty bill. Her arrest garnered international attention and support from Amnesty International and former President Barack Obama. The lecture is part of the annual student-run Foreign Affairs Symposium series.

Members of the media who expect to cover this event should RSVP to Jill Rosen at 443-997-9903 or jrosen@jhu.edu.

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