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Political activist, artist, actor, feminist, and founding member of the Pussy Riot Collective, Maria (Masha) Alyokhina is an extraordinary woman whose account of her anti-Putin protests, arrest, trial and imprisonment in a Siberian jail - where she fought for her rights and those of her fellow inmates - is shocking and inspiring.
Filled with rage, attitude and an edgy black humour, this punk ‘memoir’ is destined to become a classic work of political discourse.
Maria Alyokhina is a political activist, artist and member of Pussy Riot Collective. Following a Pussy Riot performance of the song ‘Punk Prayer’ in a Moscow Cathedral on 21 February 2012, she was convicted of ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’, sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, and transported to a penal colony in Berezniki, in the Urals. Recognized as a political prisoner by numerous human rights groups, she campaigned to improve the lives of her fellow inmates while in jail, and has continued her work as an activist and artist. She is a founder of the independent Russian news website MediaZona and an actor with the Belarus Free Theatre.