The feminist punk rock band went to the Cambridge Police Department after a Harvard graduate was arrested for trespassing on school property. Photo: Pussy Riot/Twitter The feminist punk rock band went to the Cambridge Police Department after a Harvard graduate was arrested for trespassing on school property. Photo: Pussy Riot/Twitter

Previously incarcerated members of the political protest band Pussy Riot spent Monday night in a Cambridge clink following a guest appearance at Harvard University, but it wasn't the rockers who were behind bars.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Masha Alekhina, who gained international attention after being jailed in their native Russia for criticizing President Vladimir Putin, occupied the Cambridge Police Department after Harvard alumnus Roman Torgovitskiy was arrested for trespassing at a forum earlier that night.

 

Torgovitskiy was allegedly violating an order to remain off university property due to his arrest there in May while protesting the war in Ukraine. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina, who were featured guests at the forum, said they followed Torgovitskiy to the jailhouse to “investigate” the arrest.

"Now our crew and a big team of Harvard students is at the Cambridge PD HQ till Roman Torgovitsky gets released!" the band tweeted late Monday night.

Pussy Riot "A peaceful participant arrested at our lecture, we're going right now to Cambridge police station to investigate" the duo tweeted. Photo: Pussy Riot/Twitter

Torgovitskiy's prior arrest happened after he jumped on stage asa violinistplayed during a university concert.However, the rocker duo described him as a "peaceful participant" at Monday's forum, andsaid they would not leave the police station until Torgovitskiy was released. He was set free just before midnight.

Pussy Riot rejoiced on Twitter, saying “We’ve just managed to free Roman Torgovitskiy – police released him, woohoo!”

The pair reportedly wants to set up a summit with Harvard in support of the activist.

Roman Torgovitskiy being released from detainment. Photo: Pussy Riot/Twitter Roman Torgovitskiy being released from detainment. Photo: Pussy Riot/Twitter

Tolokonnikova andAlekhina'stalk was titled “A Conversation with the Feminist Protest Art Collective Pussy Riot” and was hosted by the school’s Kennedy School of Government.

The Harvard Crimson reported that the discussion centered around Putin's leadership, and the consequential "brain drain" in Russia.

"The problem with Putin is that he brings the level of political discussion to the Stone Age,” Tolokonnikov said. “People are leaving because his international actions are dictated by paranoia."

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