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Description - Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina

On 21st February 2012 Maria Alyokhina and the group Pussy Riot performed a protest song in Moscow Cathedral. It only lasted a few seconds, but saw her sentenced to two years in one of the world's harshest prison systems. This is her fearless account of how she survived, and fought for freedom - every day.

'Freedom does not exist unless you fight for it every day.'

Maria Alyokhina always wanted to change the system - but, as protests go, this didn't seem like a big deal. One gloomy February morning in 2012, wearing a balaclava, she performed a protest song in Moscow Cathedral with the group Pussy Riot. It only lasted forty seconds. But as a result she was sentenced to two years in one of the hardest prison systems in the world, sent hundreds of miles away, forced to leave her young son and her life behind her. This is the story of what happened. It's a story of endurance and survival, of solidarity and female friendship and, above all, the will never to back down. It's one of the most honest, raw and searing memoirs in years.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141986616
ISBN-10: 0141986611
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Jun-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maria Alyokhina

Maria Alyokhina is a political activist, artist and member of Pussy Riot collective. After 'Punk Prayer' - a Pussy Riot performance of the song 'Mother Mary, banish Putin' in Moscow Cathedral on 21 February 2012 she was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred', sentenced for two years' imprisonment and transported to a penal colony in the Urals, one of the hardest prison systems in the world. As a political prisoner she campaigned to improve the lives of her fellow inmates in the penal colony and continued her work as an activist and artist outside. She is a co-founder of the independent Russian media outlet MediaZona and actor with the Belarus Free Theatre.

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Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina
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