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Pussy Riot Expels Freed Members For Not Being Punk Enough

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In Soviet Russia, the state excommunicated you. In today’s Russia, friends do it for you. Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Mariya “Masha” Alekhina, former members of Pussy Riot who have been formally expelled from the group, know all about that.

“It is no secret that Masha and Nadia are no longer members of the group, and they will no longer take part in radical actions,” wrote the group’s remaining anonymous members on their Russian-language blog this Wednesday. The comments appear to be a response to remarks made earlier that day by the formerly jailed ex-members that hinted at a falling out. Speaking at the highly publicized Amnesty International concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center where they appeared alongside Madonna, Alekhina remarked, “We are just two individuals that spent two years in jail for taking part in a Pussy Riot protest action.”

The remaining Pussy Riot members explained the decision to contract their ranks by referring to a poster for the concert that features a man wearing the group’s signature balaclava: “We are an all-female separatist collective — no man can represent us either on a poster or in reality,” they wrote. The real Pussy Riot also took issue with the erstwhile Pussy Riot for performing at a concert for which tickets ran upwards of $27. “We never sell tickets to our ‘shows,’” wrote the radical collective. For them, it seems that one of the problems with capitalism is that, in a society where everything can be bought, someone is always in danger of selling out.

— Anna Kats (@fortunaviriliis)

(Photo: AFP)

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