Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova to release book on activism

Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova to release book on activism
Nady Tolokonnikova. Image: nadyariot / Instagram

15 August 2018

She has been imprisoned in Russia for staging a punk protest, met a US presidential candidate, staged a show in London’s Saatchi gallery and released slick music singles. Now, Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of the founders of feminist protest group Pussy Riot, has written a book.

Read & Riot A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism is set to be released next month.

An extract from the book released by Tolokonnikova last week describes her 2012 detention after a protest in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral. “Arrest is almost a religious experience,” she writes. “The moment you are arrested, you are abruptly purged of the self-centred confidence that you can control the world. You find yourself alone and faced with a vast ocean of uncertainty.”

Publisher Harper Collins says the book is: “structured around Nadya’s 10 rules for revolution (Be a pirate! Make your government shit its pants! Take back the joy!)”

Tolokonnikova, 28, is not the only member of the balaclava-wearing collective to have written a book. Maria Alyokhina, another of Pussy Riot’s founders, published her account of the group’s arrest and imprisonment, Riot Days, last year.

Read & Riot A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism will be released on 9 October priced at $24.99. Advance copies can be purchased here.