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Russian protesters Pussy Riot to speak at Cambridge Union

By Editor
Russian protesters Pussy Riot to speak at Cambridge Union

Speakers at the Cambridge Union vary greatly. From the recent talk by Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. to the upcoming lecture by the cast of Geordie Shore on reality TV and getting drunk (surely one to not miss).

However, the most exciting sermons are generally from groups who have done something a little bit different. This is why the recent announcement that Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot will be taking to the Cambridge Union stage next month has got us excited.

The collective, consisting of 11 women, made headlines in 2012 when they performed their protest song "Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!" in a Russian orthodox church to demonstrate against the church's alleged support for Vladimir Putin.

The display got three of them, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, arrested and convicted with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" - a crime that awarded Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina with an initial two year custodial stint, with Samutsevich escaping prison with a suspended sentence.

The imprisoned pair were later released in December 2013.


Now the ordeal is over, after heavy pressure from the West, famous musicians and Natasha Bedingfield, the collective are ready to talk on their past experiences, as well as take part in a Q&A.

Speaking to The Student Guide on behalf of Cambridge University, Varisty, editor Amy Hawkins said: "I am very excited to hear that Pussy Riot will be visiting the Cambridge Union this term. They are an inspiring collective, and their talk will no doubt be fascinating. It also makes a welcome change from the usual white, male Union termcard - congratulations to Speaker's Officer Christof Epaminondas for securing such a coup."

We agree, Amy, the appearance will be no doubt something to look forward in the coming weeks.

The Moscow group will be at the top university's union on November 15th.

Cambridge students, will you be heading to see Pussy Riot? Give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter.

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