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article imagePower pop musicians lobby for Pussy Riot release

By Kirstin Stokes Smith     Jul 23, 2013 in World
Moscow - U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and over 100 musicians, together with Amnesty International, are lobbying Russian authorities for the release of imprisoned Russian punk group, Pussy Riot.
Other musicians involved include Paul McCartney, Adele, Radiohead, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Sting and Ke$ha, Rolling Stone reports.
In a letter, signed by the musicians, Amnesty International says Pussy Riot’s, “shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide, especially among…citizens around the world,” reports Associated Press.
Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot is best known for its brightly-colored balaclavas and unauthorized anti-establishment performances. In February 2012, five members of the group performed and recorded a protest performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The protest was organized against the Orthodox leader’s support of Vladimir Putin, reports the Financial Times.
Three of the group’s members, Nedezha Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were charged with hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison in August 2012. After an October appeal Samutsevich was freed on probation.
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