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Advice on Dealing with Trump from One of Pussy Riot’s Most Badass Members

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Nadya Tolokonnikova of the Russian feminist protest punk rock group, Pussy Riot, says that Donald Trump is nothing compared to his buddy Vladamir Putin. She would know. She spent two years in prison under Putin after being convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, whatever that means.

In an interview with Foreign Policy, she explains the similarities and differences of the two world leaders. “When they are angry, they lash out,” she says, “For Trump, it is with tweets. Putin has more power, so he puts his enemies in jail. These are just the knee-jerk reactions of children acting out when they feel rejected or scared.” To her, they both are fragile men with child-like emotional responses. She goes further to say that Trump “is not a great revolutionary or an arbiter of a movement. He can’t change the country in one day,” and that makes him less dangerous.

Right after the election Tolokonnikova warned America, “It’s important to remember that, for example, in Russia, for the first year of when Vladimir Putin came to power, everybody was thinking that it will be okay.”

She advises Americans dissatisfied with Trump to be as big of a “pain in the ass” to him as Pussy Riot is to Putin and to “prepare to fight for [change] much longer than you think.”

[via Vulture]

 

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