February 6, 2014 |
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia -- Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev crashed near the end of his second run at Thursday morning's slopestyle qualification round at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. However, not all of the questions from reporters afterward were about his performance. After his run, he held up his board in the finish area, waiting for his scores, and quite visible to the TV cameras was a design on his snowboard of a knife-wielding woman wearing a ski mask, which is what the members of the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot wear when they perform.
February 6, 2014 |
The two freed members of Russian music and performance-art collective Pussy Riot who appeared Wednesday in New York with Madonna at an Amnesty International concert supporting human rights issues worldwide are “no longer members of the group,” according a statement issued by other anonymous members of the collective. “We are very pleased with Masha and Nadia's release,” the statement posted on Pussy Riot's website said of Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were sent to a Siberian gulag last year for their “punk prayer” protest in 2012 against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
February 5, 2014 |
The language barrier can sometimes be a stumbling block when it comes to humor, especially with the ironic jujitsu Stephen Colbert performs in his interviews nightly on "The Colbert Report. " But Tuesday, he had two guests up to the challenge: Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot. Despite serving time in Russian prisons for defying Vladimir Putin's government, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina showed up on Colbert's show with their humor still intact, even when filtered through a translator.
January 21, 2014 |
Pussy Riot may no longer be a formal band , but the activists will still make a high-profile appearance at a Brooklyn music venue next month. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear alongside the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill and many others for Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Feb. 5. "We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina said in a statement.
January 20, 2014 |
Defying a government crackdown, tens of thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, clashing violently with police. With protesters throwing stones, flares and Molotov cocktails, riot squads fought back with water cannons, tear gas and noise grenades in an attempt to put down the demonstration, which lasted well into Monday morning. Many demonstrators protected themselves with helmets and shields. Dozens of people were reported injured on both sides.
January 8, 2014 |
LONDON - Fury from family and supporters greeted an inquest jury's finding Wednesday that police acted lawfully when they shot Mark Duggan through the chest in 2011, a killing that sparked the worst outbreak of urban violence in Britain in a quarter of a century. The 10-member jury decided by an 8-2 majority that Duggan, a suspected gang member, threw a gun into the grass several feet from the taxi in which he was riding and was therefore unarmed when police stopped the vehicle on Aug. 4, 2011, believing he had just taken delivery of a firearm.