Recently freed Pussy Riot members Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova stopped by The Colbert Report last night—and, no, they didn’t thank Vladimir Putin. Colbert, of course, played the part of Putin supporter, calling the Russian President “a friend.”
The Pussy Riot members spoke primarily through a translator, saying that they’d like to thank their supporters—including the Colbert audience—rather than Putin for their freedom. As to whether or not they believe their release is a PR stunt pulled by the Putin machine ahead of the Olympics, the pair only suggested that perhaps the president had made a mistake.
A pugnacious bunch, to be sure. Which may explain Colbert’s flip from Putin crony to Pussy Rioter. “Vladimir, I don’t ask much, and I don’t ask often, but you leave those girls alone,” Colbert said at his sign-off, donning a traditional fluorescent Pussy Riot mask.
And you know what? It looked pretty good on him. Check out the clips below: