Pussy Riot Hopes To Inspire “Individual Bravery”

“Our real goal is individual bravery, when each person decides, ‘I’ll go out onto the square—I can do it, even if it’s cold, even if they’ll arrest me.’ That’s how change begins.”

Maria “Masha” Alekhina of Pussy Riot spoke to Glamour alongside her bandmate Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and shared the duo’s goals for a better Russia and a better world. The two served time in prison for “hooliganism” after Pussy Riot sang a “Punk Prayer” protest song in a Moscow church back in 2012. They’ve frequently spoken about the poor treatment and downright dangerous conditions they face behind bars. Now, Alekhina and Tolokonnikova have launched their own news outlet, Mediazona, with a focus on exposing corruption and abuse within Russia’s criminal justice system. Their full interview, which can be found in the March issue of the magazine, serves as solid inspiration to call out injustice, no matter how large or small, when we see it. [Glamour] [Image via Jennifer Livingston/Glamour]