From activist, Pussy Riot member and freedom fighter Maria Alyokhina, a raw, hallucinatory, passionate account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment in Siberian jail for standing up for what she believed in. Freedom doesn't exist unless you fight for it every day. Revolution is history. If we decided to fall out of it, to disappear, that would mean it would not be our history, but theirs. Not our country, but theirs. In this sense, we didn't take off our masks. We never left the church. On a T-shirt, I had written 'To Back Down an Inch is to Give Up a Mile'. I felt there was no sense in wearing a T-shirt with those words if you didn't hold yourself to them. We have the right to refuse. This is our right, yours and mine. You can't know all the laws by heart; you don't know what will happen if you refuse. But you have to try.
Strong, brave, honest, touching, bitter and sad -- Vladimir Sorokin, master of contemporary Russian literature One of the most brilliant and inspiring things I've read in years. Couldn't put it down. This book is freedom -- Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick
Maria Alyokhina is a political activist, artist and founding member of Pussy Riot Collective. Following a Pussy Riot performance in a Moscow Cathedral, she was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Recognised as a political prisoner by numerous human rights groups, she has continued her work as an activist and artist. She is a founder of the independent Russian news website MediaZona and an actor with the Belarus Free Theatre.