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Watch Pussy Riot needle Putin on The Colbert Report
"We have different ideas about our bright future, and we don't want a shirtless man on a horse leading us there"

Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, the two recently freed members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot, made their first talk show appearance on last night's episode of The Colbert Report. Speaking through a translator, the two gamely joked with Colbert about Vladimir Putin, and their time in jail. When Colbert teased that Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova would be searched before leaving the building, Tolokonnikova didn't miss a beat: "We've had two years of practice hiding things from searches," she said.

Between the jokes, though, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova spoke seriously about their home country, the American prison system, and Russia's increasing intolerance of homosexuality. "We have different ideas about our bright future," said Alyokhina, "and we don't want a shirtless man on a horse leading us there."

The two are in New York to speak tonight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert.

Watch the rest of the interview, as well as Colbert's lovely sign-off, below:

Samantha Rollins is TheWeek.com's news editor. She has previously worked for The New York Times and TIME and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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