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Andrey Tolokonnikov, 55, is the father of Nadia Tolokonnikova. He is a doctor who received his medical degree in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. He lives in Moscow and describes himself as an abstract liberal but not a democrat. He thinks Plato would be an ideal leader of Russia. He is very close to Nadia and supports her in in everything she does.

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My Daughter Gets Attacked While Her Prison Bosses Live Like Rock Stars

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 5:47 PM

On the morning of March 6, 2014, Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina were brutally beaten, and their eyes nearly burned with brilliant green dye by some attackers in Nizhny Novgorod. Apparently now it is the norm of life in Russia. Save us all!

Ouch, Putin. Ouch, punk! Putin is like...

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Pussy Riot Says It Will Take the Fight Against Putin to Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 10:33 AM

The boisterous concert of Amnesty International took place with 15,000 people and Madonna at New York's Barclays Center where Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyohkina delivered a magnificent speech in support of the Bolotnaya prisoners [editor's note: the Bolotnaya prisoners are the protesters arrested at the May 6, 2012, demonstration against...

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Putin Fails to Teach Pussy Riot to "Love the Motherland" at the Sochi Olympics

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 9:19 AM

A new clip of Pussy Riot's song "Putin Will Teach Me to Love the Motherland" was published on Feb. 20, 2014, on the eve of sentencing of May 6 prisoners. It was filmed in Sochi for three days.

As usual, the clip filming took place in harsh conditions. Many international media sources published the beating scene of Russian women in Sochi by Cossacks on Feb. 19, 2014. My daughter Nadia Tolokonnikova with bruises on her chest ... And this is the same girl who in December 2013, while still in prison for Punk Prayer, took the 21st place among 100 most beautiful Russian women. And there were really gorgeous girls! Masha Aloykhina's thumb was dissected with a whip, and Peter, Nadya's husband, was almost blinded by the pepper liquid. The face of another activist, Alexei, was covered in blood and his eyebrow was cracked open. Welcome to the bloody nightmare! This is an Olympiad Russian-style! Nadia ended up in the hospital.


The day before beating them, the girls were arrested for allegedly stealing a pearl necklace out of the hotel. Naturally, it is not known whether the necklace-stealing actually happened or FSB agents had come up with it. When I called Maria Aloykhina, she said, "The FSB's task was to hold us in Sochi as long as possible."

In the video recording, you can see that when Cossacks used the pepper spray tear gas, the activists were a bit shocked. This shock lasted a few moments, and then the girls started to work. It was necessary to perform the song at least partially. It is necessary to mount the clip. Brave new heroines of Russia.

Then were the whips. Cossacks grabbed girls by their heads and began to pluck off their "hats." Cossacks started to break the arm of the girl in the purple dress; she screamed in pain. Nadia was thrown to the ground and hit with a whip on the back. She was confused for just two seconds, and then almost with a tearful voice, but firmly, began to repeat the words of the song "Putin will make us love the Motherland." Nadia was like this when she was a child, too. No wonder her favorite fairy tale was "How Calf and Oak Were Butting." Some of the Cossacks, or agents of the FSB said didactically, the same words: "Putin will teach you to love the Motherland" and then cursed out loud. In a report on the incident, the Sochi police simply said that they had "stopped a brawl."


According to Pussy Riot participants, police did not respond to events. But I watched the video clip several times, and there, it is quite obvious that the cops are not there to stop the beating. To the contrary: they participate in it. They grabbed the guitar and threw it in the trash. Journalists were beaten with a whip, as well. Radio Liberty journalist Anastasia Kirilenko was whipped and hit in the face. She can also be considered part of the Pussy Riot, because the Pussy Riot team is not static, it is a "movement." In order to become a Pussy Rioter, one needs only to put on a colored balaclava and do something in the style of Pussy Riot. Or even do as well-known Moscow civic activist Julia Kazakova did, who stood in the colored tights and tattered socks as "punk" on the day of sentencing on Aug. 17, 2012, and held a poster: "I am also Pussy Riot." Anyway, like all people in the world who wore balaclavas and carried out actions in support of women in the U.S. and Europe.

Madonna tweeted about the incident here. Madonna's tweet: "Are you kidding me? Are the police in Russia actually whipping Pussy Riot for making music on the streets? Is this the dark ages? GOD bless P. R. They are fearless!"


Pussy Riot were able to accomplish the "mission impossible." It was impossible to come up with the best scenery to the song "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland." It's just some genius in the girls. Putin spent billions, gathered thousands and thousands of police and secret service, thousands of columnists and correspondents to tell how everything was cool there, in Sochi. Tens of millions of dollars were paid to PR agencies. The girls just allowed Putin to do with themselves what he wanted to do with them. And Putin again sat in a puddle.

What do our American friends need to understand about all of the events of the Sochi Olympics? That behind the Iron Curtain, things are very bad. That behind the Iron Curtain, something very wrong is contained. And this something "bad" is now being brought to the boiling point. And when the boiler explodes, this something bad can splash around the world. The whole patient, tolerant and politically correct civilized world. It's time to stop flirting with the Putin regime. Here is the text of Pussy Riot's Olympic Song called "Putin Will Teach me to Love the Motherland!"


Text of the Pussy Riot song from the Sochi Olympics:

50 billion and a gay-driven rainbow,
Rodnina and Kabaeva will pass you those flames
In prison they will teach you how to obey
Salut to all bosses, hail, duce!

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

Sochi is blocked -- Olympic surveillance
Special forces, weapons, crowds of cops
FSB is an argument, the police is an argument, state tv will run your applause.

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

Spring to Russia comes suddenly
Hello to the messiah as a shot from Avrora
The prosecutor will put you down
Give him some reaction and not those pretty eyes

A cage for the protests, vodka, matrioshka
Prison for May 6, more vodka and caviar
The Constitution is lynched, Vitishko's in prison
Stability, the prison meal, the fence and the watchtower

For TV Rain they've shut down the airwaves
They took gay pride down the washroom
A two-ass toilet -- a priority
Sentence to Russia, medium security, 6 years

Putin will teach you how to love the motherland

The motherland
The motherland
The motherland


Andrey Tolokonnikova, M.D., father of recently released Pussy Riot prisoner, Nadia Tolokonnikova, shares with The Huffington Post excerpts from his journal following his daughter's release from a Siberian prison. Nadia was freed on Dec. 23, 2013 under an amnesty bill passed by the Russian parliament after serving 21 months. Translated by Natasha Fissiak, a producer of the documentary Free Pussy Riot!

This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post in conjunction with the Sochi 2014 Olympics. The series is part of our Impact Sports initiative, which examines the intersection of sports and social good. Many of the posts in this series critique the Russian government's draconian anti-LGBT laws, though other topics include climate change and censorship. Read all the posts in the series here....

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Pussy Riot Women Travel Around the World to Promote Justice Zone and "Inspect Prisons"

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 2:06 PM

This will be about Nadia Tolokonnikova, but ... without the stories about "the underwear with pockets" for memory flash cards. During Pussy Riot protests: If women got arrested, they hid the video memory cards in a pocket in their underwear so police would not find it.

Nadia and Maria have...

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Pussy Riot No Longer Exists

(7) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Nadia and Maria visit Singapore, where Pussy Riot was nominated for a music award

"The Money Is Right in Front of Them"

Pussy Riot no longer exists! As more than seven billion inhabitants of the earth weep and convulse, Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Aloykhina are no...

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Nadia's Spending Time With Daughter After Months in Stalinist Gulag-Style Prison

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Now, Nadia is spending a few days on the Volga River with daughter Gera, husband Petya and another family member, Elena. They figure skate, sled and ride a "military snowmobile" on the frozen Volga, and in the evening they eat salad and shurpu.

Gera will turn six in three months....

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My Daughter Is Becoming a Professional Revolutionary

(9) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 11:51 AM

My daughter Nadia Tolokonnikova, 24, served more than 21 months in prison after Pussy Riot's "punk prayer" protest against President Vladimir Putin.

Yesterday I took part in the French international radio broadcast from Paris -- RFI. Of course, it was about Nadia, and not...

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Waiting for the Release of My Daughter, Nadia of Pussy Riot

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 10:11 AM

Krasnoyarsky, Russia -- Dec. 19

On Dec. 11, we were very pleased about the amnesty, as the time was right time with the New Year and the Sochi Olympics. We planned to take Nadusha (which means little Nadia in Russian) to her grandmother to whom she is very attached. We hoped that soon we would all go home together with my daughter to Moscow.

However, on Dec. 19 when we posed the question to the authorities, "When will Nadia Tolokonnikova be free?" Catherine Brotzmann, the public relations representative of the Federal Prison System answered,

"The Amnesty Decree has just come into force and to talk about a release of any particular person is too early. We are trying to define who is covered by the amnesty and who is not."

"We are working on personnel files of the prisoners in accordance with the criteria set out in the ordinance. For each convict, we will prepare a package of comments, which, together with the regulations, will be agreed upon with the Prosecutor's Office. And only after passing these procedures will the accused be released."

"Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Aloykhina of Pussy Riot can be given amnesty on their conviction of disorderly conduct. In addition, the judgment applies to them as mothers of young children unless, of course, they are recognized by the prison administration to be hard-core lawbreakers. Then amnesty does not apply to them."

Later in the day, I spoke with my daughter, Nadia, on the phone. She seemed sad. It is a well-known phenomenon that when something turns out right, and all terrible events are behind us, a person is drained of energy.

The next day, however, the Prosecutor's Office had not received the documents on amnesty for Pussy Riot, so Nadia will not be released yet. Amnesty will be extended to Nadia and Masha if the prison attests that they are not breaking any prison regulations.

It is very clear the ideology of this amnesty is a Kremlin PR action before the Sochi Olympic Games so that the number of people who want to boycott it and not come here (to Russia) would be reduced to a minimum. It is a completely cynical game by the central government.


Krasnoyarsky, Russia -- Dec. 21

It is a static situation here on Dec. 21. We are waiting for the time "when the documents will come." Some people speak about the timing optimistically, like Peter Verzilov (Nadia's husband). Some do not. Nadia believes that she will be released in time for the Olympic Games, and that everyone is excited for nothing at all. There is a wall of journalists before the gates of Krasnoyarsk prison hospital from morning until evening.

Everyone is constantly talking about an example of the physicist Valentin Danilov ( who was released "under the cover of night" at six a.m. and taken to the street to avoid a meeting with reporters.

Today Patrick Rivel, who works for the Rolling Stones magazine meets my mother Vera, which means faith/hope in Russian. Her full name is Ivanovna Tolokonnikova. He will write about Nadia's grandmother for the magazine. This is so cool. She will turn 80 years old on Jan. 5, 2014.

Our good friend, Tatiana Laprad, a freelance correspondent for Radio Liberty in Krasnoyarsk, accompanies us here. Tatiana helps us with everything. She collects items for Nadia, delivers them and picks up Nadia's husband, Peter, from the airport.

When we spoke on the phone with Nadia, she again seemed sad and depressed. I do not know the reason, but it is probably connected to the fact that Nadia ordered a fair amount of Christmas lights and decorations for the prison, but prison administration did not allow her to have them.

Even the icon "15 Virgin Maries," which I brought to Krasnoyarsk from St. Basil's Cathedral, (also called "The tree of the Virgin Mary") had to be dismantled and transferred only as a cardboard piece together with a capsule of incense from the holy Mount Athos. The glass is not allowed in prison, and I forgot about it when I bought the icon.

On the other hand, this icon was shown by me during a Skype session with Life News, so even though a modest one; this icon has become a "media fact." I said to Nadia on the phone that this icon represents Pussy Riot, 15 people, roughly equivalent to the number of Pussy Riot members participating in the project at any time. Nadia forbade me to send any journalists to her. She probably does not want to talk about her participation in the rock band in prison.

One young man, a prisoner, fell in love with Nadia and now thinks about her day and night and says he cannot live without her.

Andrey Tolokonnikova, M.D., father of recently released Pussy Riot prisoner, Nadia Tolokonnikova, shared with The Huffington Post his journal from last week, written as he awaited his daughter's freedom from a Siberian prison. Nadia was freed under an amnesty bill passed by the Russian parliament this past week. Translated by Natasha Fissiak, a producer of the documentary Free Pussy...

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