The Closing Statements of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in court, August 8, 2012

The Closing Statements of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in court, August 8, 2012

  • Source: Pussy Riot
  • Year: 2012
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann

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Nadezhda Tolonnikova (Nadya Tolokno), a woman considered to be the leader of the  Russian activist group known as Pussy Riot, was put on trail in 2012 for a public protest challenging Russian President Vladamir Putin’s close relationship with the Catholic church. In this clip Tolonnikova gives her final statements defending her (and her comrades’) act of defiance. She was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison, leaving a four-year-old daughter behind. Despite her circumstances, during Tolonnikova’s closing statements she declared there was a positive side to being wrongfully accused, saying “Despite the fact that we find ourselves in an essentially authoritarian situation, living under authoritarian rule, I see this system crumbling in the face of three members of Pussy Riot. What the system anticipated did not occur; Russia does not condemn us, and with each passing day, more and more people believe in us and that we should be free, and not behind bars.”

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