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"Pussy Riot" just played their first-ever concerts

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"Pussy Riot," a Russian punk music collective who gained international notoriety after being arrested in 2012 and jailed for two years for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," had never played a proper concert... until now.

That's because in their home country, performing a concert for them is essentially illegal.

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"We started guerrilla performances in Moscow because there is no option for us to play at the venue, because if you are an anti-Putin performer, then you will be kicked out of every place," said Nadya Tolokonnikova, who along with her band mate Maria Alyokhina, spent two years in Russian prison. "If you want to perform, if you want to shoot a music video, basically if you want to live in cultural space in Russia, you kinda do it illegally."

Earlier this fall, hundreds of Russians were arrested for taking part in anti-Putin demonstrations.

Pussy Riot - Police State

"So, we just don't ask for permission because there is no wins for asking, because we know the answer," said Tolokonnikova.

Thus, "guerrilla performances," were the way Pussy Riot played: unsanctioned performances in public places in Russia. Churches, forests, and public squares were their stage, including a notorious peformance in 2014 at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Pussy Riot - Putin will teach you how to love / Путин научит тебя любить Родину

So eventually, Pussy Riot took their act on the road, and played their first ever proper concerts, on stages at clubs and festivals, in Berlin, Los Angeles, and Houston. At their Houston show, they played in front of thousands on the main stage of a weekend-long festival, Day for Night.

Their highly-political message is still present, as the group is quick to rail on global leaders like Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

Pussy Riot - Make America Great Again

They have always had an international approach; their name, and much of their lyrics, are in English, and at these recent shows, songs that were in sung in Russian were translated on a screen behind them. Tolokonnikova sharply-criticized the Trump administration, both on stage with songs like "Make American Great Again," and off.

"The way how he talks about things. The language that he uses. His admiration to so-called strong leaders and strong men. Vladimir Putin is really terrifying and for me, for a Russian person. Donald Trump is really bad news as well because he definitely encourages authoritarian leaders all around the world to not give a flying a fuck about human rights," said Tolokonnikova.

Pussy Riot's Warning About President Donald Trump For The U.S. Resistance | The Last Word | MSNBC

She argues that through art and performance, Pussy Riot can protest.

"When lots of people who believe that they are powerless, they come together. They can do miracles."

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