Russian activism group Pussy Riot films pro-abortion demonstration at Indiana Statehouse

Rory Appleton, Indianapolis Star
Nov 14, 2023

Russian feminist activism group Pussy Riot filmed demonstrations outside of and within the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday as part of a multimedia project protesting Indiana’s near-total abortion ban.

Nadya Tolokonnikova, creator of the group that rose to prominence through early 2010s protests in her native Russia, led a gathering of 18 women – mostly Indiana University students. The group, dressed in black slip dresses, black boots and wearing pearl necklaces and bright-pink balaclava face coverings painted with black anarchy symbols and black crosses, gathered outside the Statehouse just before 8 a.m. Within minutes, they had inflated a large pink vagina and begun filming.