Words Will Break Cement

The Passion of Pussy Riot

by Masha Gessen

Words Will Break Cement

Paperback, 256 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $16 | purchase

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Words Will Break Cement
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The Passion of Pussy Riot
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Masha Gessen

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On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and performed a "punk prayer" beseeching the "Mother of God" to "get rid of Putin." They were quickly shut down, arrested and tried. Two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. Journalist Masha Gessen tells their story through interviews with the band members, their families and their associates.

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Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich (left), Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage in a Moscow court on Oct. 10, 2012. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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