Russian Activist Masha Gessen And The Art Of Dissent

Russian Activist Masha Gessen And The Art Of Dissent

The Russian-American journalist joins Kojo to discuss the rise of anti-gay laws in Russia, the upcoming Sochi Olympics and the art of dissent.

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen lived and worked in Russia for 20 years before increasingly severe anti-gay legislation led her, her partner and three children to leave for the U.S. last December. Her newest book, “Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot,” details the story of the famed feminist punk rock activist group, tracing the roots of their revolt in Russia’s post-Soviet culture and documenting the members’ journey into Russia’s penal colonies after being convicted of hooliganism. She joins Kojo to discuss the art of dissent.

Guests

Masha Gessen

Journalist and author, "Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot"

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