Pussy Riot act

“Here is what I was trying to figure out: how a miracle happens.” The Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen’s latest book begins with the “miracle” that occurred on February 21, 2012, when five women belonging to the feminist art collective Pussy Riot clambered onto a platform in Moscow’s Cathedral of Saint Saviour and performed a “Punk Prayer” beseeching “Mother of God, get rid of Putin”.

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