Pussy Riot and Protest in Russia's New 'Dark Age'

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book.jpgMasha Gessen's family fled Russia for the United States to escape anti-Semitism in the 1980's. She trained as a journalist and returned to Moscow for 20 years as an editor and reporter. Last year she fled again -- with her partner and their children -- because she felt targeted by the violent campaign against gays and lesbians. An outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, she's had unique access to members of the protest group Pussy Riot, including the two who were imprisoned and just released in advance of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Her latest book is Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. We talk with her about what's happening now and what might happen after the Games

Credits

Guest:
Masha Gessen - Russian-American journalist and author - @mashagessen

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Sonya Geis, Katie Cooper