Students For Liberty (SFL) is pleased to announce that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina from the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot will be headlining the 9th International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC16) on Friday night. The two will kick off the largest annual gathering of libertarian students with a performance and Q&A session.
Pussy Riot’s anti-authoritarian stunts have gained international attention and the Kremlin’s ire in recent years. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were famously arrested in 2012 after performing a song critical of Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral. The two were released in December 2013 after nearly two years in detention. Only two months later, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were famously attacked with whips by Cossack militia members at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
In the past year, Pussy Riot have begun releasing English language songs, turning their attention to more international political topics. In February, they released “I Can’t Breathe,” a song titled after Eric Garner’s famous last words and dedicated to “all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror.” In November, they released “Refugees In,” filmed at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibit, calling on the international community to welcome persecuted peoples fleeing violence in the Middle East.
Register today for $5 off as a #CyberMonday special. Prices go up $10 tomorrow, so save $15 while you can today! You won’t want to miss the chance to see Pussy Riot live at ISFLC16.