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article imagePussy Riot to appear in Brooklyn at Amnesty International concert

By Kavelle Christie     Jan 24, 2014 in World
New York - One month after being released from Russian prison, the Russian punk rock music group, Pussy Riot, will attend Amnesty International’s “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert at the Barclays Center in New York City on February 5.
The group, which usually dons balaclavas (ski masks) in their videos and during performances, is comprised of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Ekaterina “Katya” Samutsevich (who was freed at an earlier date).
In February 2012 the punk rock group stormed the altar at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow where they performed a protest "punk rock prayer" and begged the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of President Vladmir Putin.
In March of that year the three women were charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and sentenced to two years in prison.
Following hundreds of protests across the world, in December of last year Putin granted Alyokhina, 25, and Tolokonnikova, 24, amnesty two months before their scheduled release from prison.
According to Amnesty International more than over 220,000 actions were organized by the organization’s USA branch on the group’s behalf. The activities included "annual punk rock concerts in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C." and in July 2013 a number of musical heavyweights including Adele, U2, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Bruce Springsteen, Sir Paul McCartney and Sting continuously called for the release of the activists.
Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova issued a joint statement via Amnesty International stating, “We are happy to support Amnesty International’s work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners…We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty’s work is in connecting activists to prisoners."
They continued, "A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps…We will never forget what it’s like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn.”
The group will be joining the likes of the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons and Lauryn Hill.
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