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    Pussy Riot in New York

    “It’s absolutely impossible to take this out of us, and I understand this every time I hear good music – for example The Clash.” With a little chuckle, Maria “Masha” Alyokhina explained why she and Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova are not deterred by their stint in a Russian prison for staging a performance protest inside Moscow’s biggest church in 2012. The two members of the Pussy Riot collective are in the US for the first time, after being released a little earlier than their 2-year sentence decreed, by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pre-Olympics pardon. Madonna will introduce them on stage at Amnesty International’s Bringing Home Human Rights concert on Wednesday night, but they…