Photograph: Rex Features
A riot of neon announced the arrival of a worldwide protest in solidarity with the feminist punk rockers.
In London about 150 women and men demonstrate opposite the Russian consulate in Bayswater Road. It was one of more than three dozen protests taking place simultaneously across the globe, with others in New York, Paris, Kiev and Berlin. A few miles down the road in Sloane Square, the Royal Court staged readings of the testimony given by the accused.
Donning the group’s trademark colourful balaclavas and clashing dresses, those at the London demonstration bellowed “Down with dictatorship” and “Out, Putin scum”.
Among them, in an orange paper mask, was Tama White, 21, an officer in the student union at Goldsmiths College.
“The Russian Government has no commitment to women’s rights, to human rights,” she said. “That’s something we should be making a fuss about.”
Photograph: Maxim Gromov
Evgeny Legedin, 42, an activist who fled Russia last year and claimed asylum in Britain, said that the protests would worry the Kremlin:
“Putin is concerned about his image as the ‘lawfully elected President of Russia’. This is the acid test for his dictatorship.”
The cutest Pussy Rioter was Nikko Ginnane, 9 months, sporting a neon yellow balaclava.
“These issues are about everybody,” her mother, Maxx, said. “It’s about children, about our society.”
By Laura Pitel
(Source: The Times, Saturday, August 18, 1212)