Tolokonnikova, a 22-year-old student, together with two other members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, were being charged with "hooliganism." When the verdict is pronounced on Friday, the women could be sentenced to up to three years in prison.
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The history of popular music is chock full of stories of musicians and singers making questionable decisions in pursuit of misadventure and addiction, and, in some cases, losing everything as a result, leaving cautionary tales in their wake.
Vladimir Putin is rapidly transforming Russia into a repressive state reminiscent of the Soviet Union, and the Pussy Riot trial is the climax in his campaign against the opposition.
However, following massive media attention, his crackdown on the punk band could backfire.
Artist Alex Cu-Unjieng explored how we resort to so many names (“flower,” “purse,” “pussy”) for it because there seems to be a sense of fear towards the female genitalia and how there is always a need to censor it unlike penises.
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On the cover of this book is a cartoon by Chris Riddell.
When his father asks him what he thinks of when he sees a woman, he supplies a single-word answer. This is a satirical novel, and you don’t have to spend any time wondering who the satire is aimed at.