Mandatory balaclavas and posh nibbles: Pussy Riot pop-up is the worst kind of misery-porn

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Two members of Pussy Riot were in London to tell their story in opposing ways. One felt pointless and cynical, the other powerful and exhilarating

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were both in London last week, albeit on opposite sides of the capital. Pussy Riot’s feted figureheads were in town to stage different live retellings of how their Russian performance art collective became a cause celebre in 2012, when a 35-second guerrilla punk gig in Moscow Cathedral earned Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and fellow performer Yekaterina Samutsevich two-year prison sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”.

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