Martina Steis

Martina Steis studied Slavistics, Eastern European History, and Eastern European Law in Cologne, Germany. Fascinated by the general way a state functions, she gained first-hand insights into a society in development during internships and private trips to Russia beginning with the Yeltsin era. Since March 2012 she has worked for the International support group of Pussy Riot, which meant standing up for the rights of the arrested members, and also spreading their ideas. Pussy Riot proved that a small group has the ability to influence the system; their analyses were so profound, that they do not only apply to Russia. This led Martina to get involved in the StopWatchingUs movement in Berlin since autumn 2013.