What next for Pussy Riot? Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and husband Pyotr Verzilov join Ekho Moskvy UK correspondent Tonia Samsonova to talk conceptual art, political campaigning and what the future has in store. Talk and Q&A. In Russian, followed by drinks.
Nadezhda Andreyevna Tolokonnikova, nicknamed "Nadya Tolokno", is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist. She is a member of punk band Pussy Riot, and has also worked with the controversial street art group Voina. On August 17, 2012, she was convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after a performance in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. On December 23, 2013, she was released early with fellow band member Maria Alyokhina under a newly passed amnesty bill in honour of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution.
Tolokonnikova was recognized as a political prisoner by the Russian human rights group "Union of Solidarity with Political Prisoners". Amnesty International named her a prisoner of conscience due to "the severity of the response of the Russian authorities".
Pyotr Verzilov is a Russian-Canadian artist and activist who came to wider prominence as the unofficial spokesperson of the band Pussy Riot when they were arrested and jailed by the Russian state in 2012. Verzilov is married to Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
Tonia Samsonova is foreign correspondent for Echo Moskvy.
She is also Founder and CEO of TheQuestion.ru - a popular service that aims to connect people who have questions with those who are able to find answers and through that interaction create and spread the culture of consciousness.
Doors open 6:30pm
Talk and Q&A 7pm