Pussy Riot & Madonna! Speaking Out Against Russia in Brooklyn

Madonna introduced Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova at Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert in Brooklyn, NY, last night.

She shared her own experience during her last tour through Russia and the injustices she and her crew faced after being dubbed a “gay show.” Here’s Madge:

Pussy Riot’s Maria and Nadezhda were convicted by a court and incarcerated for two years for “hooliganism and inciting religious hatred,” due to a performance where they protested the Russian Orthodox Church leader’s support for Putin.

There is no free speech, no freedom, in Russia.  Hear them speak out about the injustices and human rights violations they faced during their imprisonment:


Meanwhile, back at home … The Sochi Olympics are slowly headed for total DISASTER. Here’s a round-up of the most ridiculous stories circulating on how extreeeemely not prepared they are:

Saving Stray Dogs Left in Sochi, Imminent Deadline Looms

15 signs that Russia is not very ready for the Olympics

A User’s Guide To The Bizarre Toilets Of Sochi

NBC News’ Richard Engel: My Computers, Cellphone Were Hacked ‘Almost Immediately’ In Sochi

Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences

Russia Says It Knows Journalists Are Overhyping Sochi Hotel Problems Because It’s Spying On Them

Soooo … did I miss anything??