Maria Alyokhina, one of the brave women who stood up to Putin, says their insurgency remains as important as ever.

A lot of people think this is very far away from them. But it is a world which will become your world. If you do not fight .

If Maria Alyokhina was a professional entertainer no casting director, would shortlist her for a role as a firebrand, there being a sweetness about her, a reticence, a lack of heroic self-regard.

But AlyokhinaMasha to mostis one of members of the public faces of the Russian feminist collective, Pussy Riot, a balaclava-wearing performance group who have been building savage fun of Vladimir Putin since 2011.

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