Pussy Riot's MediaZona Partners With The Guardian

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Pussy Riot Go Media Savvy

Pussy Riot Go Media Savvy

Pussy Riot were the punk rock agitators of the gangster era Russia Putin reign, and got jailed for their efforts and then got out of jail, quit on music but got involved in the serious world of information  which is where they are right now. This is now Mediazona and Mediazona have just partnered with The Guardian’s Near East Network, a leap forward for Pussy Riot. Here is the Press Release:

The Guardian’s New East network and Russia’s MediaZona, which is founded by Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alekhina and Petya Verzilov have formed a partnership to syndicate reporting about Russia’s prison system. The first publication is about a woman who served 16 years inside a Russian jail, which you can read here.

The MediaZona founders Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alekhina and Petya Verzilov said: “We thank The Guardian for participating in our goal to make Russian news more transparent and accessible for everybody in and out of the country. We trust that even more eyes will bring more attention and raise questions about the topics that are important to us at MediaZona.” 

Luke Harding, the Guardian’s former Moscow bureau chief, said: “At a time when independent media in Russia is under unprecedented attack, Mediazona is an invaluable source of genuine journalism. Its stories – on subjects ranging from conditions in penal colonies to Russia’s Soviet-style court system – are necessary and important. I’m delighted that Mediazona is working in partnership with the Guardian’s New East Network.” And New East editor Judith Soal adds: “We’re pleased to have joined forces with MediaZona, our latest partners on the New East network. The network was launched in June this year to expand the coverage and debate about the post-Soviet region, in a crucial time of its history. We delighted to have MediaZona on board.”

‘Violence breeds violence’: one woman’s story of 16 years inside a Russian jail

Tatyana Gavrilova was convicted of murder in 1999. On her release from prison, she told  MediaZona about ongoing abuse inside the country’s notorious penal system – and her determination to fight to improve the rights of inmates Read the original in Russian

MediaZona started publishing in September 2014 with coverage about the launch in for instance MashableVanity FairDaily DotElle and BBC.

More about MediaZona: This news outlet is intended to work hand-in-hand with Nadya and Masha’s prisoners rights NGO Zona Prava (“Justice Zone”) which was launched earlier in March and is focused on protecting prisoners’ rights. The news outlet has a team of the best journalists in Russia. The editor-in-chief is Russia’s best political and social news editor – Sergey Smirnov and the other main guys are the best reporters out there – Elena Shmaraeva (former Gazeta.ru, TvRain), Egor Skovoroda (former “Bolshoi Gorod”, “Russkaya Planeta”, “The New Times”), Maria Klimova (former Polit.ru, “Russkaya Planeta”), and has pieces by Nadya and Masha as well. MediaZona covers courts, prisons, arrests, convictions, riots in penitentiary facilities, political criminal cases, crimes by law enforcement officials, life of present-day and former prisoners and lots of other things. http://www.zona.media/ https://www.facebook.com/mediazzzona https://twitter.com/mediazzzona http://www.twitter.com/pussyrrriot

More about The Guardian’s New East Network: The New East network is a collaboration between the Guardian and a series of specialist sites writing from and about the 15 countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union. Together with our partners the network hopes to expand the conversation about the region that we call the New East, and move beyond the polarised debate of East v West. We feature articles from our partners as well as the Guardian’s correspondents, commission exclusive pieces from regional experts and republish interesting work from around the web – often translating local languages into English as well as some of our work into Russian. The Guardian’s The New East Network https://www.facebook.com/theguardian https://twitter.com/guardian

  

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