VIDEO: Freed Members of PUSSY RIOT Speak Out Against Putin Government
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two recently freed members of the Russian band Pussy Riot members, tell CNN they will continue to be a headache for Putin's government. Watch their appearance below!
"We feel a huge responsibility for people who are in prisons," Tolokonnikova said at news conference in Moscow on Friday, December 27th. The appearance marked the first time the two women spoke out since they were released from prison on Dec. 23 under a recently adopted amnesty bill.
The singers were serving two-year sentences for their anti-Putin "punk prayer" which they performed back in February of 2012 at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. They were originally scheduled to be released in April 2014.
Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina announced that they would be forming a non-governmental human rights organization, called "Zona Prava" ("Justice Zone"), which would focus on protecting prisoners' rights.
A third group member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, who was released from jail on probation in October 2012, was invited to join the young women in their cause. "If she wants to help us with what we're doing now, we will only be glad," Alyokhina said.
While they fear they may once again face authorities following the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, they have no intention of leaving the country. "We won't leave," Alyokhina said. "This is a done deal."