STUDENTS, lecturers and the general public descended on a local venue to held a live Skype interview with a member of a Russian punk-rock protest group.
Falmouth University’s Performance Centre was packed as the audience put questions to Yekaterina (Katya) Samutsevich, from Pussy Riot. The event was part of the university’s amnesty evenings, run in partnership with Amnesty International to create awareness and inform about performers in political plights across the world.
Also at the event, Emely Neu spoke about her book Let’s Start A Pussy Riot, which was made in collaboration with members of the group after she was inspired by the story behind the arrest and sentence of three members of the band.
Dee Ferrett, course leader and senior lecturer in popular music, said: “It was an absolute honour to converse with Emely Neu and to be part of a dialogue with Yekaterina Samutsevich of Pussy Riot.
“Our conversation felt like a timely step towards the kinds of cross-cultural dialogues that are fundamentally vital to future feminisms and to act as activism.”
Katya was one of the trio arrested and sentenced to imprisonment for performing anti-Putin songs in athe Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. She was later released with a suspended sentence following an argument from her lawyer that due to the intervention of a security guard, she did not actually have the chance to remove her guitar from the case.