Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Is Reportedly Wanted For Criminal Charges

The politically active band Pussy Riot’s member, Nadya Tolokonnikova, has once again been charged with criminal charges in her home country, Russia. The charges have not been made public, but the musician is known to have been charged with various crimes previously.

For those who need a reminder, Pussy Riot is a feminist band formed by political activists. On August 17, 2012, after a performance with her band at the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Nadya, and the Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were arrested for ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,’ which is a crime in Russia. Nadya was sentenced to two years in prison but was released in 2013.

In 2021, Nadya’s name was added to the list of foreign agents in the Russian criminal system, and the government has been watching her closely. More recently, the musician and activist’s name was added to a wanted list for criminals in Russia, but the charges for this crime have not been made public yet. The crimes that put her in this position do not seem too far off from her activism, mainly defending women’s rights.

Despite spending around a year in jail, Nadya and her bandmates are determined to continue their activism through their songs, shows, and organizations. She has openly defended and stood for women’s rights and supports non-binary and LGBTQ+ individuals. She made a collection of NFTs in the crypto world by collecting and incubating NFTs made by women, non-binary, and LGBTQ+ members. Unicorn DAO was also launched following her work, which raised $7 million in crypto for Ukraine during the Russia-Ukraine war.