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    PussyRiot: A conversation with Russia's controversial punk rock band
    with Denise "Shep" Sheppard as moderator

    Performances by
    JUST (Meeka Noelle Morgan & Sabina Dennis)
    & more TBA

    Maria Alyokhina (Masha) and Alexandra Bogino (Sasha) of the Russian punk/activist group Pussy Riot will be appearing at the Rickshaw for a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by a special guest, covering politics, art, feminism, LGBTQ issues, prisoner's rights, or other topics.

    Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk rock protest group based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, it has a variable membership of approximately 11 women ranging in age from about 20 to 33. They stage unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public locations, which are edited into music videos and posted on the Internet, as well as reported widely by international media. Their lyrical themes include feminism, LGBT rights, opposition to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they regard as a dictator, and links between Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    In 2012, five members of the group staged a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, protesting the Orthodox Church leader’s support for Putin during his election campaign. On March 3, two of the group members, Nadezdha Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were arrested and charged with hooliganism. A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was arrested two weeks later. On August 17, the three members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” and each was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

    The trial and sentence attracted considerable criticism, particularly in the West. The case was adopted by human rights groups including Amnesty International, and by a number of prominent entertainers. Having served 21 months, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released on December 23, 2013. Alyokhina now travels the world speaking against the issues mentioned above in Russia. On this tour, she is joined by Pussy Riot's Media Zona collaborator & editor, Alexandra (Sasha) Bogino. Since October, 2015 working as a reporter in Mediazona, a news outlet, connected with Zona Prava organization, which was founded by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina of Pussy Riot and currently provides legal and informational support to Russian prisoners and criminal defendants. In 2014-2015 Sasha Bogino reported on several demonstrations in Moscow — against the war conflict in Ukraine, censorship in Russian media, current government and elections. Wrote about trial of Nadya Savchenko, a Ukrainian female solider, who was convicted in killing two Russian journalists during an air strike in Eastern Ukraine.

    In May, 2016 took part in the Raoul Wallenberg’s Committee roundtable in Budapest as a representative of Mediazona and Zona Prava. Currently investigates the Wallenberg’s case and tries to enlighten the circumstances of his imprisonment and death in the Soviet Union.

    In July, 2016 investigated the death of a 27 years old soldier from North Ossetia, who believed to be murdered by his colleagues in a military unit in Moscow suburb. Now writes mostly about Russian opposition activists, political prisoners and conditions they face in jail.

    DENISE "SHEP" SHEPPARD
    Shep is a Vancouver based journalist, regularly published in Rolling Stone; and an activist, a Board Member and Communications Head of the Rainbow Refugee Committee - an organization that helps LGBTQ+ in crisis flee imminent danger and provide them with economic, emotional and tactical assistance to move to Canada and become Canadian citizens.

    JUST (Meeka Noelle Morgan & Sabina Dennis)
    JUST is a Grassroots Indigenous Punk Collaboration between a Secwepemc- Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Dakelh (Carrier) Warrior Sisters from what is now known as BC, Canada.

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November 21st
The Rickshaw presents
PussyRiot: A conversation with Russia's controversial punk rock band with Denise "Shep" Sheppard as moderator & a performance by a local punk rock band TBA

+19 Doors: 7:30 PM

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