Watch Pussy Riot Poke Fun at Putin on ‘Colbert’

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By Shannon Carlin

Two months after being released early from a Russian prison, Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina came to the United States to sit down with Stephen Colbert.

With a translator in tow, the two women were good sports on last night’s (Feb. 4) Colbert Report, by answering whether they had been to the Olive Garden yet (they hadn’t) and keeping a straight face when Colbert said he was a good friend of Vladimir Putin.

When Colbert told the women that he was going to search them after the show though, they showed they had an impressive sense of humor. ”We’ve had two years of practice hiding things from searches,” Tolokonnikova replied.

When Colbert asked the women why they were against Putin, who the host said was “just trying to preserve the peace and bring Russia to a brighter future,” Alekhina gave a little sass, explaining, ”We have different ideas about a brighter future. We don’t want a shirtless man on a horse leading us.”

As to why they think they were release from prison early, the women say they “got fed up” with them. When asked whether they’d like to thank Putin for letting them go, Tolokonnikova said, “We’d much rather thank the people who had nothing to do with Putin who supported us and the people in this audience in particular.”

They also said that they think Putin’s publicity stunt to let them go early didn’t really work as he planned. “We don’t think it actually improved the image of Russia so maybe Putin made a mistake and he should just throw us back in jail,” Tolokonnikova said.

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