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Americans should ‘fight’ for their country, Pussy Riot singer says

Feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot has always been outspoken in their native Russia, where they have been critical of President Vladimir Putin.

But lately they have also taken their message to Americans openly protesting the win by Trump, who they find to be similar to Putin, through songs like this year’s Make America Great Again.

While the band was strongly opposed to Trump, Pussy Riot member Masha Alyokhina, also known as Maria, tells CBC’s Wendy Mesley that his win in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election didn’t shock her.

“This is a sign for people who think democracy is forever. It’s not true,” the musician and activist told The National. “Democracy will exist if you fight for [it].”

‘Act now’

Alyokhina warned against leaving the country as some Americans have threatened to do if Trump were to become president. She says it’s a very dangerous thing to do.

“It’s their country: They should fight for it,” she explained.

Instead, Alyokhina encourages Americans to take part in protests, saying they’re important because people can see that they’re not alone.

“People should act now, because maybe after one year, it will be not possible,” she said.

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Feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot has been critical of President Vladimir Putin and group members were jailed for their dissidence.

U.S. is now Russia’s ‘friend’

Tensions have been high between the U.S. and Russia in recent months, but Alyokhina notes that the tone towards the U.S. in Russia media has had a stark change since Trump became president-elect.

“Russian propaganda was working brutally against [Obama],” Alyokhina said. “And in one day, this election day, the United States suddenly becomes our friend.”

‘Open your eyes’

Alyokhina says she sees similarities between Trump and Putin in their approach to human rights and to immigrants.

She warns those in the U.S. that during Putin’s first term, the establishment thought they would have been able to manage the situation, but she says that wasn’t the case.

“[If you] think that you have a mechanism to control him — open your eyes.”

Watch The National‘s full interview with Masha Alyokhina below:

Pussy Riot takes on Trump, Putin9:34