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Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot sit behind bars at a court room in Moscow in 2012. (Misha Japaridze/AP)
Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot sit behind bars at a court room in Moscow in 2012. (Misha Japaridze/AP)
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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed an executive order immediately establishing gender neutral bathrooms on the fifth floor of City Hall Thursday. The order comes as Boston Pride Week celebrations continue in support of the city's LGBTQ community.

And, last Friday, as Pride Week celebrations kicked off, our own Meghna Chakrabarti hosted an opening night conversation with two members of Pussy Riot, the Russian protests art collective. In 2012, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova were arrested after performing what they called a "punk prayer" inside Moscow's biggest cathedral. They spent almost two years in prison. Since then, Alekhina and Tolokonnikova have been high-profile critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the Russian state has severely cracked down on the LGBTQ community.

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Masha Alekhina, Russian political activist and member of the anti-Putinist punk rock group Pussy Riot. She tweets @MashaAlekhina.

Nadya Tolokonnikova, Russian conceptual artist and political activist. She tweets @tolokno.

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Boston Magazine: Best Of The Day: Pussy Riot — June 5, 2015

  • "The theme for Pride 2015 might be #WickedProud, but this fest is no provincial shindig: For today’s Pride kickoff, they’re bringing international social justice icons Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikov — founding members of the Russian female punk activist collective Pussy Riot, famed for donning ski masks, throwing guerrilla protests, and getting stomped by Putin’s jackboots — to join Mayor Marty Walsh at noon for the annual raising of the rainbow-colored flag on City Hall Plaza."

This segment aired on June 11, 2015.

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