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Russia: Pussy Riot members arrested because of an LGBTI video

20 February 2020
Nadya Tolokonnikova while being arrested with a policeman behind her back
Image: Nadya Tolokonnikova / Nadya Tolokonnikova nadyariot on Instagram

 

11 February 2020: Nadya Tolokonnikova and 12 other members of the Pussy Riot were released from detention after being arrested during the photoshoot of a new video about LGBTI issues, reported The Moscow Times.

Pussy Riot announced in a Twitter post that the arrested members were accused of “gay propaganda” and “extremism.”

https://twitter.com/pussyrrriot/status/1226672280480223236?s=20

According to New Europe, the police was allegedly responding to a call about a gas leak in a place where photoshoot was happening. They further requested to shut down the power and prohibit Pussy Riot to use a power generator.

The arrested members were released the next day which they announced on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/pussyrrriot/status/1227017922700283904

The photoshoot of a Pussy Riot’s new song called “БЕСИТ / RAGE,” features “150 activists, mostly female or queer.”

Tolokonnikova reported on Instagram that the disruption of the shoot cost Pussy Riot $15,000 (13,90 euros) and asked her followers for help in crowdfunding the amount.

In 2013, Russian law was signed prohibiting propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relations”. Freemuse reflects more on artists being targeted through this law in the latest report on the state of artistic freedom in Europe titled Security, Creativity, Tolerance and their Co-existence: The New European Agenda on Freedom of Artistic Expression.

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