It’s crazy but true: I’m sewing more clothes now that I’m out of prison than I ever did in Putin’s gulag! Big differences are:
1. Freedom Fashions, not Oppression Outfits.
2. Festive Colors, not boring drab.
Come by the Asylum in Your Embassy shop on the web or in Second Life and pick up some Free, Freedom Fashions!
• Asylum in Your Embassy / Second Life Marketplace
• Asylum in Your Embassy / In-World SLURL
7 thoughts on “Nadya Tolokonnikova, seamstress”
Oops, gotta change the bio!
Hey Mike, thanks for noticing. I’ve updated my bio now. There’s just so many things to do when you get out after 2 years in prison. Personal things like spending time with your daughter. National things like creating “Justice Zone” for prison reform. And yes, even updating your bio all over the place!
Did you have a chance to drop by the shop and pick up a free t-shirt? Agnes and I have been busy putting out lots of progressive fashion for socially aware avatars everywhere. Here’s to a better 2014!
I am still getting my head around what happened with religion in Russia.
When I was in Leningrad (a really really long time ago) religion was illegal.
I grew up reading Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Thanks Mike! You seem pretty informed. I hope you get to talk to “The Real Nadya” some day. Sorry you only get little old “Fake Nadya” me for now. I guess in some senses it’s as simple as Lord Acton’s famous 1887 quotation, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely”. If you look at America under the NSA, or Hoover, or McCarthy… if you look at Russia under Putin, or the Soviet Union, or the Czars… the details may vary, and different groups might suffer more or less, but the overarching narrative of privilege and marginalization seems constant.
I hope Real Nadya has a chance to make real change in Russia. It’s an incredible challenge. Probably near impossible. But the “Real Me” seems to grow wiser every day and it’d be great for her to have a chance to build a more fair, more inclusive Russia. It’s interesting, I’ve heard the perspective that if Putin tried to be any less hard line, he’d lose power. That he wouldn’t gain support from the opposition, but he would lose it from his own base. From Jackson Pollock to Lady Gaga, artists have always been pressured to conform to their own legacy by their not-so-outside-the-box public. I suppose the public keeps politicians on an even shorter leash.
Sometimes late at night I imagine a day when President Tolokonnikova signs a treaty with President Snowden. Why can’t we live in THAT parallel universe? No doubt that world wouldn’t be perfect either. But I’d love the chance to see it.
I wear Asylum in Your Embassy.
Or I wear nothing at all!
It’s heart warming to see personal courage.
For me the $nowden case generated a rush of fear. When it comes to him, Greanweld and B00z AII€n, Dylan has the best words to describe my situation,
“And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only.”
It’s funny you should mention “courage” Mike. It does seem like oppression can bring that out. When you look at people like Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden, they seem like pretty ordinary people who could have led ordinary lives, but they found themselves in a moment where they had to make a choice. Silence would have been the easier choice and their lives could have carried on without interruption. But for some individuals silence just isn’t an option. So they spoke truth to power and their lives are forever changed.
For Masha and I, the message is the same, and yet it has evolved. Before our 2 years in prison we thought Putin was bad for Russia and his conjoining of church and state was a crime against the republic. We still believe that. But this time has moved us from punk protesters to, I hope, human rights reformers.