Pussy Riot member wants Putin out, Khodorkovsky in power

by Blogburger on December 27, 2013

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Russian punk group Pussy Riot walks in front of the cathedral of Christ of Saviour in Moscow on December 27, 2013A freed member of the Pussy Riot punk band said Friday the rockers still wanted Russian President Vladimir Putin out of power, adding she would like freed ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to stand in elections and replace him. "As far as Vladimir Putin is concerned, our attitude towards him has not changed," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said alongside her bandmate Maria Alyokhina, speaking at their first news conference since their release earlier this week. In February 2012, several members of Pussy Riot jumped around the altar of the church and attempted to sing what they called a "punk prayer" calling on the Virgin Mary to "drive Putin out." They said they were denouncing political ties between Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church and had not wanted to offend believers.



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