America’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power offers to join Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot

America’s United Nations ambassador has taken on her Russian counterpart in defense of the defiant Russian band, Pussy Riot – even suggesting she wouldn’t mind joining the group.

A long-time human rights activist, Ambassador Samantha Power met Wednesday with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, two Pussy Riot members who sparked a global controversy when they were jailed for criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Reuters.

Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, was clearly irritated when asked about Power’s short meeting with the Pussy Riot band mates during a briefing at the Russia mission, Reuters reported.

“She has not joined the band?” he asked. “I would expect her to invite them to perform at the National Cathedral in Washington. This is my expectation.”

“Maybe they could arrange a world tour for them, you know,” he said. “St Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, then maybe in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, ending up with a gala concert at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. So if Ambassador Power fell short I would be disappointed.”

Power answered with a few in-your-face tweets aimed directly at Churkin.

 

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have emerged from their 21-month stay in jail with a bold, fearless attitude, going right back to insulting their country’s president.

“We have different ideas about a bright future, and we don’t want a shirtless man on a horse leading us into that bright future,” said Tolokonnikova, 24, in a recent interview with The New York Times.

“The support and care shown internationally around the world made us free even though, physically, we were behind bars,” said Maria Alyokhina, 25. “This is certainly not the time for us to be afraid.”

Madonna introduced the women at Amnesty International’s star-studded “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert Wednesday in New York, according to Reuters.

Touted by activists as a symbol of what Amnesty International stands for, Tolokonnikova told the crowd, “We demand a Russia that is free and a Russia without Putin.”

Watch the quick-witted band mates show their spunk in Tuesday’s interview on “The Colbert Report.”

Michele Kirk

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