Russian Punk Pair Set For First TV Interview In Ireland

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January 30, 2014 | 5:56pm EST

Newly-freed Pussy Riot stars Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are to make their first TV appearance outside their native Russia since their December jail release in Ireland.
The punks will chat about their 18-month ordeal behind bars and their ongoing opposition to Russian leader Vladimir Putin on The Saturday Night Show this weekend.
Host Brendan O’Connor landed the coup as part of a show about modern Russia and the country’s new anti-gay propaganda legislation. Economist Constantin Gurdgiev will also be a guest.
Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were jailed in 2012 after they were found guilty of hooliganism aggravated by religious hatred following a controversial anti-Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral.
Their Irish TV appearance will kickstart a busy February for the rockers – they will also speak at the upcoming Amnesty International concert in New York.
Madonna, who was among the celebrities who vocally challenged the two women’s incarceration, has signed up to introduce the pair onstage.