FREE PUSSY RIOT!

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Three members of Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years imprisonment for “hooliganism.” They have been on trial since March when they were arrested for protesting Vladimir Putin’s then all but secured return to the Russian presidency in a minute long prayer/song at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. They implored the Virgin Mary to keep him from coming back. The Orthodox Church claimed their actions were motivated by hatred.

The harshness with which Pussy Riot has been treated is particularly concerning given that they chose a religious venue to express their political dissent. The incident illustrates that Putin’s power knows no bounds. The “Iron Curtain” may have fallen but it’s not forgotten. Indeed there is much ado about Putin setting back Russia’s image considerably. 

Pussy Riot’s sentencing has inspired outrage and protests across the world. Human rights activists and artists are organizing everywhere. Click here to find out what you can do to help!

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