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I hereby officially declare that Petr Verzilov is not a representative of Pussy Riot and does not have any role in the group whatsoever.

Tolokonnikova Nadjezhda Aliohina Maria Pussy Riot Group from prison

Moreover, Petr Verzilov repeatedly violated the core Pussy Riot principle of anonymity. To be precise: he met with journalists and made public appearances without having any right to do so on behalf of Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot can be nothing other than a young woman in a balaclava. All of Petr Verzilov's appearances in the media on behalf of the group are illegitimate. They were not conducted with our approval as full-fledged members of the group and were conducted with the face uncovered, which violates the idea of anonymity.

In essence, Petr Verzilov has taken over the activities of Pussy Riot in a strange, quasi-fraudulent fashion. As a representative of the group, I am offended by this.

I would like to repeat that all future interviews and appearances of Petr Verzilov should be considered illegitimate to the say the least, and should at their worst be considered a lie and a provocation. Petr Verzilov claims that he gets approval for all of his actions from the group members who are currently incarcerated. That is not the case. These claims are lies. They are lies intended to transfer unto himself the status of Pussy Riot's legal and principal representative, which in actual fact he is not.

After our arrest, Petr Verzilov has usurped the decision-making and representation of Pussy Riot, as no one could do without violating the ideology of the group as such. That is because a legitimate representative of the group can only be a young woman in a balaclava. Moreover, the position of producer/promoter/organizer cannot be part of an anti-hierarchical punk group. All attempts to take on such a position are a betrayal of punk and of Pussy Riot.

Tolokonnikova N.A. October 11, 2012
Alyokhina M.V. October 11, 2012

Tolokonnikova Nadjezhda Aliohina Maria members of Pussy Riot Group from prison

Tolokonnikova Nadjezhda Aliohina Maria members of Pussy Riot Group from prison

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