Split Within Pussy Riot

Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina leave group...
Pussy Riot

The case of Pussy Riot turned the rock band meets political cause into a global phenomenon.

Finally released from prison just before Christmas, Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are now instantly recognisable figures.

Yet the pair's fame and the increased focus on their views seems to have caused friction within Pussy Riot. The group have posted an open letter, indicating that both Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have left the cause.

Praising the two activists, the letter reads: "We are very pleased with Masha’s and Nadia’s release. We are proud of their resistance against harsh trials that fell to their lot, and their determination by all means to continue the struggle that they had started during their stay in the colonies."

"Unfortunately for us, they are being so carried away with the problems in Russian prisons, that they completely forgot about the aspirations and ideals of our group - feminism, separatist resistance, fight against authoritarianism and personality cult, all of which, as a matter of fact, was the cause for their unjust punishment."

Finishing, the letter reads: "We lost two friends, two ideological fellow members. But the world has acquired two brave, interesting, controversial human rights defenders." 

It's not known what has specifically prompted the move, but a recent appearance at an Amnesty International Concert in New York - where the two were introduced by Madonna - probably wouldn't have aided their cause.

Watch a segment of that concert below. (via Pitchfork)

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