In her 2014 book, Words Will Break Cement, Masha Gessen wrote: ‘to create, and to confront, one has to be an outcast.’ The book was about Russian feminist activists Pussy Riot, but themes of alienation and confrontation have coloured much of Gessen’s work and life.
In this, her latest book, celebrated Russian-American investigative journalist, author and LGBTQI rights activist Masha Gessen explores the status of dissent in Russia and the far-reaching impact of feminist collective Pussy Riot’s 40 second performance in 2012.
Masha Gessen at the 6 Moscow International Book Festival, 2011
|Born||(1967-01-13) 13 January 1967 (age 47)
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Residence||New York City, USA
Masha Gessen is an acclaimed Russian-American journalist and the author of several books, including bestsellers The Man Without a FaceandWords Will Break Cement. Her work has appeared inThe New York Times,Slate,Vanity Fair, and many other publications, and has received numerous awards. A longtime resident of Moscow, she now lives in New York.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with journalist Masha Gessen in Moscow, about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's wealthiest man, now an outspoken prisoner facing more jail time on charges of embezzlement and money laundering.